Kelly Titus Scalise, Director

Kelly Titus Scalise has been a member of the FBA for over 18 years and has served in a leadership role for all of those years. After joining the FBA in November 2001, Kelly became a board member of the Younger Lawyers Division (YLD) of the New Orleans Chapter. She entered the leadership ladder and became chair of the YLD in 2005, overseeing the re-establishment of the YLD following Hurricane Katrina. While serving on the YLD board, she organized a CLE that brought in over 150 new members; participated in an event for high school students during 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, Kelly became a board member of the New Orleans Chapter. As a board member, she served on multiple committees, including CLE committees, policy committees, and planning committees. She served as the national liaison for the New Orleans Chapter from 2009 to 2011. In 2011, she was selected to serve as membership chair, thus entering the leadership ladder. While president-elect in 2015–2016, the New Orleans Chapter was awarded Chapter of the Year. As chapter president, she established eight practice area committees, which provide substance and opportunities for engaging 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 oversaw at least one CLE or special event per month.

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

In 2013, Kelly co-founded the Admiralty Law Section with Howard McPherson and is served as its chair for a two-year term. As chair, she established a quarterly newsletter, organized three seminars, and steadily recruited members. She was 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. Kelly is a Fellow of the FBA Foundation.

Kelly is a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis, practicing in maritime, oilfield, and indemnity issues as well as environmental and tort litigation. She has represented clients both as plaintiffs and defendants and tried cases in federal and state court. She serves on her firm’s Diversity Committee. She is a frequent presenter on admiralty and insurance issues. She was nominated to “Top Lawyers” by New Orleans Magazine, Louisiana Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America. She also received the 2015 FBA President’s Award.

Kelly is 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 a Fellow of Louisiana Law Foundation and American Bar Foundation. She is a member of the ABA Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee. She also volunteers at her children’s school, St. Catherine of Siena.