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NOLA’s legal field has long been white male-dominated. This collaborative seeks to change that

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Courtesy of Andrea Morris
New Orleans Legal Diversity Collaborative founders Heather Lonian (Stone Pigman), Denia Aiyegbusi (Deutsch Kerrigan), Tiffany Davis (Liskow & Lewis), Melissa Lessell (Deutsch Kerrigan), and Eliska Plunkett (McGlinchey Stafford).

Missed Wednesday's Louisiana Considered? Here's what we discussed on the show:

Last year, a group of five women who work at law firms in New Orleans set out to address issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession in the city by founding the New Orleans Legal Diversity Collaborative (NOLDC). We speak with two of the NOLDC founding members, Eliska Plunkett and Heather Lonian, to learn about addressing structural disparities in the traditionally white male-dominated field.

But first, we delve into redistricting issues. Recently, a federal judge struck down Louisiana’s congressional redistricting map, arguing that the lawmakers behind the map violated the Voting Rights Act by limiting representation of Louisiana’s Black population. WRKF’s Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun tells us how we got here and what may happen next.

Also featured on the show, the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana elected Reverend Canon Shannon Rogers Duckworth to be the 12th Bishop of the Diocese. The election makes Duckworth the first woman Bishop in the Diocese’s more than 180-year history. Bishop-Elect Duckworth joins us to talk about her journey that led to this monumental moment.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Adam Vos. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Adam is responsible for coordinating WRKF's programming and making sure everything you hear on the radio runs smoothly. He is also the voice of Baton Rouge's local news every afternoon during All Things Considered.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.