McGlinchey’s Camille Bryant Earns National Bar Association Award
NEW ORLEANS — McGlinchey Stafford is pleased to announce that Camille Bryant, a partner at the firm, has been honored with the Brandes S.G. Ash/Toya Carmichael Leadership Award from the National Bar Association. The award is in recognition of Bryant’s excellent leadership as 2020-2021 president of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society.
The Martinet Society’s mission is to encourage the interchange of ideas, promote legal scholarship, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, uphold the order and ethics of the courts and the profession of law, and promote the welfare of the legal profession.
In addition to the society’s traditional work, Camille has led its charge this year in tackling three unprecedented pandemics that plague the community: COVID-19, police brutality, and election protection. In pursuit of this goal, Camille and her colleagues are advocating for reforms that will ensure a fairer and more equitable criminal justice system, as well as preparing to launch a network of legal clinics that provide individuals in low-income neighborhoods with access to legal representation. Under Camille’s leadership, the society also hosted a week-long virtual seminar for law students from all four Louisiana law schools, and partnered with the Louisiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and the New Orleans Bar Association to expand opportunities for underrepresented attorneys.
“It is truly my honor and privilege to serve as president of the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society,” said Bryant. “As our society becomes more committed to addressing the historic inequities that continue to impact people of color generally and Black Americans in particular, the legal profession is likewise coming to terms with this reality. I am thankful to National Bar Association for recognizing our work as we continue to raise the bar even higher in nurturing and supporting each other, and making in-roads in the legal field.”
In her law practice, Camille is a Member in the Labor and Employment and Product Liability practice groups. She also serves on the firm’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion committee. As part of the DEI committee, which has been integral to the firm’s #McGlincheyForward initiative, she engages in efforts to recruit and retain diverse professionals, as well as create an inclusive environment in which all employees can succeed.
“The Ash/Carmichael Leadership award is an outstanding honor for Camille, who has proven herself time and again as a leader at the firm and in our profession,” said Mag Bickford, Office Managing Member of the New Orleans office and Chair of the Labor and Employment group. “The McGlinchey family congratulates her on this recognition. We are proud to be her colleagues.”
Camille represents the firm as McGlinchey’s 2021 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow, and she was also selected as the firm’s 2019 participant in the LCLD’s Pathfinder program. She was previously recognized by the National Bar Association as the Women Lawyers Division’s 2019 Outstanding Young Lawyer, and received the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society’s 2019 A.P. Tureaud Award, honoring a member who has been very active in local/state bar associations. In addition to her current role as President of the Martinet Society, Camille is a Past President of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys and serves in leadership with the Louisiana chapter of the Defense Research Institute, New Orleans Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee, and Federal Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Committee, to name a few.
The National Bar Association is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys and judges. The association represents the thoughts, perspectives, and interests of nearly 66,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. The National Bar Association is structured around 23 substantive law sections, 10 divisions, 12 regions, and more than 80 conglomerate chapters throughout the United States and around the globe.