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					    LAKE CHARLES MINI
 CONCLAVE ON DIVERSITY
IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

       FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
      REEVES UPTOWN CATERING
 1639 RYAN STREET, LAKE CHARLES, LA




                    CO-SPONSORED BY
               LOUISIANA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
            SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA BAR ASSOCIATION
 LOUIS A. MARTINET LEGAL SOCIETY, INC. – LAKE CHARLES CHAPTER
                           AGENDA
11:30 A.M. – 12 NOON    REGISTRATION


                        LUNCH PROVIDED
12 NOON – 1 P.M.        WELCOME

                        PAUL P. REGGIE
                        PRESIDENT, SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA BAR
                        ASSOCIATION

                        JAMES E. BURKS
                        PRESIDENT, LOUIS A. MARTINET LEGAL SOCIETY,
                        INC.- LAKE CHARLES CHAPTER
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
                        KIM M. BOYLE
                        PRESIDENT, LOUISIANA STATE BAR
                        ASSOCIATION

                        PRESENTATION TO KIM M. BOYLE OF KEY TO
                        THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES
                        MAYOR RANDY ROACH, CITY OF LAKE CHARLES


1 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.      BUILDING THE BASICS:
                        THE SCOPE OF DIVERSITY

                        KELLY MCNEIL LEGIER
                        DIRECTOR OF MEMBER OUTREACH AND
                        DIVERSITY, LOUISIANA STATE BAR
                        ASSOCIATION


1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.   PANEL DISCUSSION: THE BUSINESS CASE FOR
                        DIVERSITY

                        EDWINA MEDEARIS
                        OWNER, MEDEARIS’S COSTUMES, CARDS, AND
                        GIFTS
                     SHEILA POUNDERS
                     REGIONAL CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER,
                     ENTERGY SERVICES, INC.
                     WILLIAM G. SHACKLEFORD, JR.
                     PRESIDENT, IEC ENTERPRISES, INC.
                     GEORGE SWIFT
                     PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE SWLA ECONOMIC
                     DEVELOPMENT ALLIANCES
MODERATOR:           DR. ROSE DUHON-SELLS
                     VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC AFFAIRS,
                     DUPLICHAIN ONLINE UNIVERSITY


2:45 P.M. – 4 P.M.   IMPLEMENTING DIVERSITY MEASURES TO
                     IMPROVE PROFESSIONALISM, PRACTICE, AND
                     BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

                     TODD S. CLEMONS
                     PARTNER, TODD CLEMONS & ASSOCIATES
                     JEFFREY M. COLE
                     PARTER, PLAUCHE, SMITH & NIESET
                     HON. JEANNETTE THERIOT KNOLL
                     LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT
                     HON. RONALD F. WARE
                     LOUISIANA FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT
                     COURT

MODERATOR:           DR. ROSEMARY GRAY
                     VICE PRESIDENT OF SPECIAL SERVICES AND
                     EQUITY, MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
    MINI DIVERSITY CONCLAVE FACULTY
KIM M. BOYLE

LSBA President Kim M. Boyle is a partner in the Employment Group with the law
firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP. Boyle also is a former Judge Pro Tempore of Division
“I” of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, as well as a former assistant
professor of law at Loyola University of New Orleans, College of Law. She
graduated from Princeton University in 1984, before attending the University of
Virginia School of Law. Boyle is a member of the Board of Directors of the ACLU
of Louisiana and is a member of the local Advisory Board for the United Negro
College Fund. She has served as Treasurer of the Louisiana State Bar Association
and as a member of the Board of Governors. Boyle is a Past President of the New
Orleans Bar Association and a former board member of the Greater New Orleans
Fair Housing Action Center. She formerly served as President of the Court
Appointed Special Advocate program, and as the Secretary of the New Orleans Legal Assistance
Corporation. Boyle has also been a long-time member of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She serves
on the Executive Committee for Committee of 21, as a board member on the Bureau of Governmental
Research, and as Co-Chair for the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee.

TODD S. CLEMONS

Todd S. Clemons is the owner of the law office of Todd Clemons and Associates,
which provides credible representation in criminal defense and personal injury cases.
Clemons has twenty years of trial experience. He worked as an assistant district
attorney for Calcasieu Parish in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Additionally, from 1995
until 2007, he served as an assistant United State attorney (federal prosecutor) for the
United States Department of Justice. He graduated from the University of Louisiana
in Lafayette in 1984 and graduated from Southern University Law Center magna
cum laude in 1987. Clemons is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association,
National Bar Association, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Board of Directors of Big Brothers and
Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, and the Board of Directors and Moderator of Christian Baptist
Church.

JEFFREY M. COLE

Jeffrey M. Cole, a member of Plauché Smith & Nieset, APLC, earned his Bachelor
of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1976 and his Juris Doctorate
degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1979. Upon graduation, he
joined the firm in Lake Charles Plauché Smith & Nieset. He now handles all types
of insurance defense litigation. Cole is a member of the Louisiana State, and
Southwest Louisiana Bar Associations (past president, 2005); Louisiana Association
of Defense Counsel (past board member); and Southwest Louisiana Association of
Defense Counsel (president, 1985). He is admitted to practice before all of the state
and federal district courts of Louisiana, all of the state appellate courts of Louisiana,
and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. By appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court,
he has served on the Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee, the Ad Hoc Committee to study the
finances of the Office of Disciplinary Counsel, and currently serves on the Mandatory Continuing Legal
Education Committee. Cole is a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. Recognized for his expertise in
the workers compensation system in Louisiana, Jeff Cole has conducted numerous seminars for claims
adjusters on this subject.


ROSE DUHON-SELLS

Rose Duhon-Sells, Ph.D., founder of Duplichain International Distance
Learning University, has always strived to improve the quality of life for
others. Duplichain University is one of the first African American owned
and operated universities in this country.        She has held university
administrative positions, including Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs,
Southern University New Orleans; Vice-President of Academic Affairs, TUI
and dean and professorships. She is founder and first President for the
National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME), the National
Association for Peace/Anti-Violence Education (NAPVE), and the first
African American President and selected as the 2000 Distinguished Educator
for the Association of Teachers Educators (ATE). Duhon-Sells is currently
the Executive Director for the Institute for Academic Excellence which manages the leading Charter
school in New Orleans, Sophie B. Wright. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Charter
Implementation Consulting Firm (CSI), whose primary mission is to lead and guide groups interested in
acquiring charter schools in an effort to save America’s failing students. Duhon-Sells has authored over
25 books, book chapters and articles. Her most recent books are EDUCATION AND HEALTH IN THE
AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE KATRINA AND RITA: VOICES OF THE CHILDREN; ALLEVIATING YOUTH
VIOLENCE IN AMERICA’S CLASSROOMS; AND CANCER: MY GIFT OF SELF-ACTUALIZATION. She has shared
her research throughout the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Duhon-Sells was selected
as 2007 Alumni Fellow at Kansas State University, was the recipient of the 2004 Thurgood Marshall
Award, and the 2006 Educator Leadership Award at Walden University.

DR. ROSEMARY GRAY

Rosemary Gray, Ph.D, became Vice President of Special Services and Equity at
McNeese State University on January 12, 2004. She is McNeese State University’s
first African American female and second African American Vice President. She
serves as Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, ADA Coordinator, Title IX
Coordinator, and executive manager for the Division of Special Services and Equity
which provides oversight to the offices of Human Resources, Services for Students
with Disabilities, Student Employment, Upward Bound, and Special Services and
Equity. Gray develops and implements the University’s Affirmative Action Plan and
Program, facilitates seminars and workshops on employment law, respectful
workplace, and diversity, and chairs a diversity committee and a task force on
disability services and compliance. Prior to her arrival in Lake Charles, Dr. Gray
served for 9 years as a college administrator for student services, diversity, and human resources at Emory
& Henry College, University of Scranton, and Radford University, and as a teacher and faculty member
for 25 years. Dr. Gray is an elected Trustee of Morristown College and Knoxville College and the Judson
S. Hill Foundation Board. Gray has been an active leader in higher education policies and on community
boards and has an extensive background in secondary and postsecondary education as well as intensive
training in higher education diversity from the National Association for Multicultural Education,
Association on Higher Education and Disability, Diversity Education Institute for Higher Education
Personnel, American Association of Affirmative Action, the National Employment Law Institute
Affirmative Action Briefing, Society for Human Resources Management, College and University
Personnel Association, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Technical Assistance Seminars, and
Women’s Network of Pennsylvania. Gray has been an active leader in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
Southwest Virginia Multicultural Coalition Speaker’s Bureau, Executive Leadership Council of Northeast
Pennsylvania, Leadership Washington County (Virginia), Leadership Lackawanna (Pennsylvania), City
of Lake Charles Leadership Team for Community and Race Relations, Regional Council of the Louisiana
Center for Women and Government, and a participant in the Women’s Commission of Southwest
Louisiana. Dr. Gray was born in Kingsport, Tennessee. She is a 1966 liberal arts (Associate of Arts)
graduate of Morristown College, Morristown, Tennessee; 1968 English (Bachelor’s) graduate of Emory
and Henry College, Emory, Virginia; 1971 education (Master’s) graduate of Catholic University,
Washington, D.C.; and 1997 educational leadership and policy analysis (Doctorate) graduate of East
Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. She is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church and
has one adult son, William Bundy.

HON. JEANNETTE THERIOT KNOLL
Jeannette Theriot Knoll, a native of Baton Rouge and resident of Gueydan,
Louisiana, is an associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Justice Knoll
received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 in political science with a minor in
history from Loyola University and her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola
University School of Law in 1969. She received a Master of Laws degree in the
judicial process from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville,
Virginia in 1996. The winner of a Metropolitan Opera Association and New
Orleans Opera Guild Scholarship at the age of 18 to study voice under the
direction of Maestro Adler of the Metropolitan Opera Company and at Mannes
College of Music, she studied in New York, she attended Loyola University
Music School on a voice scholarship and was a guest soloist with the New
Orleans Philharmonic Symphony and the New Orleans Summer Pops. Justice Knoll took office on the
Louisiana Supreme Court on January 1, 1997. Prior to her election to the Supreme Court from the Third
Supreme Court District, Justice Knoll served as a judge of the Court of Appeal, Third Circuit. She was
elected to the third Circuit in 1982 and was reelected in 1993. From 1972 to 1982, she served as first
assistant district attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District Court, Avoyelles Parish and at one time served
as a criminal defense attorney for indigents in Avoyelles Parish. She also served as gratuitous attorney
and advisor for the United States Selective Service, Local Board No. 5, Marksville, Louisiana. Justice
Knoll is an instructor for the Louisiana Judicial College and served as chair of Continuing Legal
Education for Louisiana Court of Appeal Judges. She is past president of the Business and Professional
Women's Club. In 1995 and 2002. She received the Outstanding Judicial Award from the Victims and
Citizens Against Crime, Inc. In 2000, she was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame and
named the Louisiana Crimefighters' Outstanding Jurist of the Year. Justice Knoll is director of the Arts
and Humanities Council of Avoyelles, Inc. and is a former chair of the March of Dimes. Justice Knoll is
a member of the visiting committees of Loyola University School of Law and of Loyola Music School; of
LSUA Criminal Justice Advisory Committee; Loyola University Alumni Association Board of Directors
(College of Arts and Sciences); American Legion Auxiliary - Prevost Johnson #130; Louisiana
Cattleman's Association; and, Marksville Chamber of Commerce. She is a former member of the State
Board of Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Marksville Chamber of
Commerce. She is a former member of the State Board of Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
and Criminal Justice; Marksville Jaycee Jaynes; Phi Phi Phi, social sorority; and, the conflicts committee
of the Louisiana State law Institute. Justice Knoll is married to Jerold Edward Knoll, district attorney for
the Twelfth Judicial District, Avoyelles Parish and they are the parents of five sons: Triston Kane; Eddie,
Jr.; Edmond "Sonny" Humphries; Blake Theriot; and Jonathon Paul.

KELLY MCNEIL LEGIER

Kelly McNeil Legier, a native New Orleanian, currently is the Director of Member
Outreach and Diversity for the Louisiana State Bar Association. In 1989 and 1993
respectively, Legier earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, and
earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans, where
she served as Comment Editor of the Loyola Law Review and member of the
National Spring Moot Court Team. Before accepting the newly-created director
position at the LSBA, Legier spent several years in private practice in the U.S. Fifth
Circuit Staff Attorneys Office as well as large local and international firms,
practicing in the areas of ERISA, employment law and commercial litigation. In
addition to private practice, Legier clerked for Hon. Carl E. Stewart (U.S. Fifth
Circuit Court of Appeals) and Hon. Ivan L. R. Lemelle (U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
Louisiana). Legier is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar
Association and the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association. Legier has been very active in
the LSBA, serving as a former member of the Board of Governors (2006-08) and in several other
leadership roles. She has been appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve as judge pro tempore in
First City Court of New Orleans several times and to serve on the Committee on Bar Admissions. She
served as a past president of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. and holds and
has held office in many other organizations. Legier has been recognized for her service: Loyola
University College of Law Black law Student Association’s Karl J. Connor Alumni Award (2010) and the
Public Service & Leadership Award (2009); Louisiana State Bar Association President’s Award (2004);
Louis A. Martinet Legal Society President Award (2004); CitiBusiness “Person to Know” (March, 2004);
Loyola University Black Student Union’s Dean Louis Westerfield Law Alumnus Award (1999);
Louisiana League of Good Government Service Award (1998); Loyola University College of Law Black
law Student Association’s Thurgood Marshall Award (1994). Despite her more than filled schedule, Ms.
Legier always has time for her husband of 18 years, Ernest P. Legier, Jr. (a 1995 alum of the Loyola Law
School)) and their three sons (Ernest, III, Jonathan and Nicholas, ages 14, 13, and 10).

EDWINA MEDEARIS

Edwina Medearis is the owner of Medearis Costumes, Gifts & Balloons, Inc.,
which has been in business for 27 years. She also has been designing costumes
there for the same amount of time. Her professional experience has been as a
registered nurse for a minimum of 36 years and a business owner and teacher for 27
years. She taught biology at Lake Charles High School, and was a nurse educator
for Sowela Technical Institute and Good Shepherd Home Health Agency. Her
community service and organizations consist of State Democratic Central
Committee Person for District 34 (2008 – present); Neighborhood Nurse for Health
tips for KZWA (a daily A.M. program); Eljay Parkinson Foundation Board
(committee member); and Sacred Heart Elementary School (partner in education,
2007 to present). Her former and current volunteer services and memberships consist of Well Baby
Clinic & Senior Citizen Clinic; Dorethea Combre Business & Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.; Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; various organizations at OLQH, St. Louis, Barbe High School; Central
School Arts & Humanities District Board (Board of Directors); and Board of Arts & Humanities Council
(former member). Medearisis the Parent of Garland Edwin, Christopher, Jeanette and Rogerella
Medearis, and the grandparent for Niah Marie Fields, Miles, Trent Medearis, and Devan Richard
Medearis.

SHEILA POUNDERS

Sheila Pounders is the Regional Customer Service Manager Entergy Gulf States
Utilities, LLC. She is an experienced electric public utility manager with 28 years
of combined service between Gulf States Utilities and Entergy. Pounders has a
consistent record of increased responsibility and promotion throughout her career
and does not shy away from new opportunities, regardless of the challenge. In each
new position, Pounders, faced the challenges head-on and has garnered experience
in multi-facets of the electric utility industry. Pounders is a seasoned veteran of
storm restoration with assignments covering all jurisdictions of the Entergy service
territory. Most recent events include: Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustave, and Ike as
well as multiple ice storms in Arkansas. While still attending high school, Pounders
began her career with Gulf States Utilities (GSU) as a Cooperative Office Education clerk. Following
graduation Pounders was recruited to permanently join the GSU family as an accounting clerk. Over the
course of Pounders’ career, she has worked throughout the Entergy service territory and several
jurisdictions. These assignments include: Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles,
and New Orleans, Louisiana. Pounders returned to Lake Charles in April, 2009 when she was promoted
to the Southwest Regional Customer Service Manager in Lake Charles. Pounders is a graduate of
McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and earned her degree, as an
adult, while working full time at Entergy. Moreover, Pounders serves on many local boards which
include: The United Way, The Women’s Shelter, Salvation Army, The West Calcasieu Association of
Commerce, The City of Lake Charles Electrical Board, and The Greater Lake Charles Rotary Club.
Pounders also chaired the 2010 Women’s Shelter Gem ‘n’ Stem’s fundraiser and is past president of
Rebuilding Building Together Calcasieu.

WILLIAM G. SHAKLEFORD, JR.

William G. Shackelford, Jr. is the president and founder of IEC Enterprises, Inc. – a
solutions-based company specializing in providing clients tools that allow them to
create, assess and manage a diverse workforce. Shackelford has over 30 years of
work experience – including over 20 years of management experience. Past
employers include Babcock and Wilcox; the Central Intelligence Agency; Nuclear
Assurance Corporation; and the Atlanta University Center - Dual Degree
Engineering Program. Shackelford received his Bachelor of Science degree in
physics from Clark College (1971) and his Master of Science in applied nuclear
science from Georgia Institute of Technology (1974). Formal management training
was completed at the Babcock Center for Management Development at Wake
Forest University (1979). Since 1988, Shackelford has assisted scores of Fortune 500 corporations,
government agencies and universities address work force diversity issues. He has been successful in
making fundamental, lasting change in organizations by using a dual strategy of working from the “top
down” – coaching and mentoring executives and managers – and from the “bottom up” – empowering
employees through participation on/in diversity committees and affinity (networking) groups. His
expertise includes: designing, developing and implementing strategic diversity management initiatives;
providing minority recruitment training and program development assistance; and conducting work
environment assessment studies (i.e., cultural audits) designed to identify barriers to building a more
inclusive workplace culture. Shackelford is a recognized leader in the field of multicultural human
resources consulting. He is the author of the book "Minority Recruiting ... Building the Strategies and
Relationships for Effective Diversity Recruiting." He also has over thirty (50) publications in journals
that include the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) Journal, Urban League Diversity
Works Magazine, Journal of Staffing and Recruiting, Bureau of National Affairs, Cultural Diversity at
Work, Black Issues in Higher Education, Recruiting Trends, and The Black Collegian. In 1997,
Shackelford was elected president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the American Society for Training
and Development (ASTD). In 1999, he was selected for a three year term on an ASTD National Board
Committee. Shackelford is a highly sought after keynote speaker and workshop presenter for recruiting
and diversity conferences nationwide.

GEORGE SWIFT

George Swift is the President and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic
Development Alliance. This organization combines the Chamber Southwest, The
Chamber Foundation, and the Southwest Louisiana Partnership. The Alliance
serves Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis Parishes. Swift has
over thirty years experience in sales, marketing, and management in the radio
broadcasting business. Swift has served many community organizations including
Chairman of the boards of the Chamber, United Way, and Chennault Industrial
Airpark.


RONALD F. WARE

Ronald F. Ware, a native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, serves as a judge on the
Fourteenth Judicial District Court in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He graduated from
Lake Charles High School in 1972 and received a bachelor degree from Prairie
View University in Prairie View, Texas in 1976. He earned his law degree in 1980
from Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. His career started in 1981
when he went to work as assistant district attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In
1986, he obtained a position as staff attorney at the Calcasieu Parish Public
Defender’s office. While employed as staff attorney at the Public Defender’s
office, he was promoted to executive director of the Calcasieu Parish Public
Defender’s Office in 2000 and served in that capacity until he was elected in 2008
as a judge on the 14th Judicial District Court, Division H. Judge Ware has received numerous awards
such as the Eagle Scout Award; the Capital Defense Advocacy Award by the Louisiana Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers; and the Thurgood Marshall Honoree Award by the MLK Coalition. He
currently serves as Scout Master of Troop 108 Boy Scouts. Currently, Judge Ware is a member of the
Louisiana State Bar Association and the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association. His former memberships
include the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, where he served on the board of directors,
and later served as president of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He has been
married for 27 years to Troye Ware, and they are the parents of two adult children, Tracey Ware and
Chris Ware.
Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Statement

The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) recognizes
that achieving diversity in the legal profession is an
evolutionary process that requires the Association's
continued effort and commitment.

The LSBA is committed to diversity in its membership,
Board of Governors, staff, House of Delegates, committees
and all leadership positions. Diversity is an inclusive
concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, age,
sexual orientation and disability.

The LSBA is a richer and more effective Association because of diversity, as it
increases our strengths, capabilities and adaptability. In addition, a diverse
group of talented legal professionals is important to the success of law firms,
law departments, public service organizations and other organizations that
include attorneys.

Through increased diversity, the LSBA and its members can bring more varied
perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, talents and interests to the practice of
law and the administration of justice.


                       For more information regarding
      Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Programs and Initiatives
                                     Go to
                           www.lsba.org/diversity
                           or call (504) 619-0129

				
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