Kelly Titus Scalise, Director

I have been a member of the Federal Bar Association for over 15 years, and have served in a leadership role for all of those years. After joining the FBA in November of 2001, I became a board member of the Younger Lawyers Division of the New Orleans Chapter. I entered the leadership ladder and became Chair of the YLD in 2005, overseeing the re-establishment of the YLD following Hurricane Katrina. Through my experiences on my chapter’s YLD board, I organized a CLE that brought in over 150 new members; participated in an event for high school students in which they visited oral arguments at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; organized a program for law school students at the Eastern District, which also increased membership by over 100 members; and participated in public service projects, including a refurbishment of a police station after Hurricane Katrina.

In 2006, I became a board member of the New Orleans Chapter. As a board member, I served on multiple committees, including CLE committees, policy committees, and planning committees. I served as the National Liaison for the New Orleans Chapter from 2009-2011.  In 2011, I was selected to serve as Membership Chair, thus entering the leadership ladder. While I was President-Elect in 2015/2016, the New Orleans Chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year. I am currently Chapter President. As President, I have established 8 practice area committees, which provide substance and opportunities for engagement to our members; conducted a gift card drive for the legal community affected by devastating floods in Louisiana; welcomed nearly 100 new lawyers as members; coordinated with national sections on CLE programming; and overseen at least one CLE or special event per month.

In 2007, I also became a member of the YLD National Board, joining the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition Committee and advancing to co-director. I chaired a CLE committee that presented the first YLD CLE program at Annual Convention in San Diego. In 2012/2013, I served as Chair of the YLD, co-chairing the largest moot court completion. I received the 2013 Division Chair Award.

In 2013, I co-founded the Admiralty Law Section with Howard McPherson, and am currently serving a two-year term as Chair. As Chair, I have established a quarterly newsletter, organized three seminars, and steadily recruited members. I am a member of the Federal Lawyer Editorial board, past co-chair of the Law Student Division Task Force, and past member of the Sections and Division Council. I have attended 8 National Conventions and Mid-Year meetings, in addition to two Leadership Trainings.

I am a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis, practicing in maritime, oilfield and indemnity issues as well as environmental and tort litigation. I have represented clients both as plaintiffs and defendants, and have tried cases in federal and state court. I serve on my firm’s Diversity Committee. I am a frequent presenter on admiralty and insurance issues. I was nominated to “Top Lawyers” by New Orleans Magazine. I have received the 2015 FBA President’s Award.

I am a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, having chaired several committees; Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court; Women’s Energy Network; Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association; and Fellow of Louisiana Law Foundation and American Bar Foundation. I am a member of the ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee. I also volunteer at my children’s school, St. Catherine of Siena.