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New Orleans Attorney Pamela Carter Receives Diversity Award from Nation’s Largest Civil Defense Attorneys Association

  • Published June 26, 2018
    Modified July 09, 2020

Carter Recognized by 22,000-Member DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

CHICAGO ­– (June 26, 2018)— Pamela W. Carter of New Orleans has been named recipient of the Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award, by DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar. The award was made at the organization’s annual diversity seminar in Chicago. With 22,000 members, DRI is the nation’s largest professional association exclusively representing members of the civil defense bar.

Carter is the founder and Partner-in-Charge at the Carter Law Group, LLC, in New Orleans.  She has been a trial lawyer for more than twenty years.

Ms. Carter has been a member of DRI for nineteen years and served as a National Director of DRI’s Board of Directors. She has served as a member or chair of more than two dozen DRI committees, including the Young Lawyers Committee, Women in the Law Committee, and as vice chair and chair of DRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which organizes DRI’s annual Diversity for Success Seminar. She has chaired the selection committee for DRI’s Law Student Diversity Scholarships, which annually awards two DRI $10,000 scholarships meant to encourage diversity in the legal profession.

DRI Executive Director John R. Kouris said “Pam Carter and I came to DRI at almost the exact same time, and I have had the benefit of her good advice for almost twenty years. She has been my counsel, colleague, and a tireless and relentless worker on behalf of all issues of diversity. DRI is a stronger organization for it.”

The honor is awarded to persons who have pursued


  • a commitment to inclusion of persons within the institution who are members of traditionally under-represented groups;
  • dedication and commitment to advocating diversity in the legal profession through activity that has a visible, tangible, or measurable impact on the perception of, attitude toward, respect for, and treatment of other persons;
  • the development of contemporary measures to fight discrimination and prejudice in the profession; and
  • diversity initiatives and actively promoted relations among persons of different races, ages, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientations, religious backgrounds, or physical and mental abilities.


About DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 20,000  defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and defending the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth. For more information, log on to