Amelia Colomb & Gary Johnson
2017-2018 Young Lawyers Committee Co-Chairs
The Young Lawyers Committee was established for the purpose of sponsoring and carrying on activities of particular interest and value to young lawyers, supporting the professional development of African-American attorneys, and fostering discussion and interchange of ideas between recent admittees and experienced lawyers relative to duties, responsibilities, and issues of the young, African-American lawyers in Louisiana. We understand that the early years of any lawyer’s career are critical to his or her success. To that end, we have developed programming throughout the year to support and serve our young lawyers.
This year, we are planning a number of exciting events! Quarterly, we will be holding a Roundtable Dinner Series, to provide young lawyers an opportunity to seek guidance, insight, and mentorship from our seasoned lawyers, in an intimate environment over dinner. Our first Roundtable will be in November. Sign-ups for young lawyers will be announced in the newsletter. We will need seasoned lawyers and judges alike to volunteer for these events throughout the year and serve as guiding lights to our young lawyers navigating the early stages of practice.
On January 27, 2017, we will be holding the 3rd Annual Pathways and Pipelines to Success Law Student Professionalism Program at the Tulane University School of Law. The aim of this program is to equip law students of color to successfully transition into practice and gainful employment following graduation. This critical diversity pipeline program will include networking sessions, mock interviews, panel discussions, and resume review. Last year, over 60 law students attended, representing all four law schools in our state, and over 25 of our members served as volunteers. (Photos from last year’s program are also posted to our gallery.) We will need volunteers to serve in many capacities to make this event a success again. Please let us know if you are interested and available to help.
Finally, in the spring, we want to launch a new young lawyers event! We plan to hold a softball tournament, where law students, young lawyers and seasoned practitioners are invited to participate in a fun, social activity.
Membership in the Young Lawyers Committee is not limited to those who call themselves, “young,” but rather, all are welcome; young and “seasoned” alike! Anyone with an interest in supporting the professional and social development of law students and young lawyers should consider joining our committee! If you are interested in joining our committee, please make sure to select Young Lawyers Committee, when renewing your annual membership. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
The Young Lawyers Committee meets via conference call on the first Thursday of every month at 12 pm. To join us, dial 319-527-9156 and enter access code: 580673.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
On October 5, 2017, Loyola University College of Law, the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Student Association and the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. co-hosted the Annual Judge Lemelle Mixer. This year’s event featured short presentations from three distinguished Loyola College of Law Alumni. The presenters discussed their career paths and were available for questions. Presenters included: Marcus B. Hunter, Suzette Bagneris, and Hon. Robin Pittman. This event served as an important networking opportunity for BLSA students.
Indeed, the mixer was attended by over 25 judges, lawyers, and legal professionals, and over 40 law students, from three law schools across our state. We thank the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle for his continued support and leadership with this event. To view the full gallery of photos, please click here.