The EEOC New Orleans Office’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar (TAPS) is scheduled on August 11, 2016.

The EEOC New Orleans Office’s Technical Assistance Program Seminar
(TAPS) is scheduled on August 11, 2016.

The Agenda is planned based on the following:

REGISTRATION 7:30A.M. – 8:00 A.M.

WELCOME 8:00A.M. – 8:15 A.M.

Keith Hill, Field
Director 8:15A.M. – 9:00 A.M.
EEOC’s Strategic Enforcement Plan

Mr. Hill is the Field Director of the United States Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission’s New Orleans Field Office. As the Field
Director, Mr. Hill oversees: the investigation of over 1500 employment
discrimination charges filed each year against private sector employers
with 15 or more employees; the federal sector program for federal
employees who seek redress before the EEOC; and mediations that are
conducted in the field office under the Commission’s Alternative
dispute Resolution Program or ADR. Mr. Hill participates in the
EEOC’s outreach initiatives by providing guidance to stakeholders
on the laws enforced by the Commission. He frequently makes
presentations on topics that include race, religion, national origin and
sex discrimination, age discrimination, disability discrimination,
harassment, retaliation, wage disparity and various Commission
EEOC’s Digital Charge System
9:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Mediation Program

BREAK 10:30 A.M. – 10:45 A.M.

Deputy Special Counsel Alberto Ruisanchez 10:45 A.M. – 11:45 A.M.
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment

Mr. Ruisanchez is the Deputy Special Counsel of the Office of Special
Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices in the
Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. He graduated summa cum
laude from Georgetown University and magna cum laude from Harvard Law
School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. After
clerking for the Honorable Juan Torruella on the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the First Circuit, Mr. Ruisanchez was accepted to the Attorney
General’s Honors Program at the Department of Justice. Since then, he
has worked in various sections of the Civil Rights Division helping to
enforce laws that prohibit discrimination.

LUNCH 12:00 P.M. – 12:30 P.M.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 12:30 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
David Lopez
General Counsel

Mr. Lopez was sworn in as General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on April 8, 2010. He was nominated by
President Barack Obama and was confirmed by the Senate on December 22,
2010. He was confirmed a second time by the Senate on December 3, 2014.
Mr. Lopez is the first EEOC field trial attorney to be appointed as the
agency’s General Counsel. He has served at the Commission in various
capacities for the past 20 years, including as Supervisory Trial
Attorney in the Phoenix District Office and Special Assistant to
then-Chairman Gilbert F. Casellas

OFCCP (TBA) 1:30 P.M. –2:30 P.M.

BREAK 2:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Panel Discussion 2:45 P.M. – 3:45 P.M.
From our talented EEOC Attorneys

Adjoins at 3:45 p.m.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE), HRCI, and SHRM recertification
credits are available.

This seminar meets the yearly refresher training requirement for
federal agency EEO investigators and counselors.

Save the Date: CPS 10th Anniversary Celebration

Tulane Center for Public Service will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary Celebration, September 8th, 2016.  

For the past 10 years, the Center for Public Service has been working with New Orleans and global communities to strengthen Tulane University’s community engagement mission. Please join us in celebrating this milestone and learn about new opportunities and programs.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm Community Partner Showcase in Pocket Park
12:45 pm to 1:00 pm CPS Second Line, McAlister Auditorium to Alcee Fortier Hall
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Reception and CPS Student Involvement Showcase


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Committee for a Better New Orleans “Celebrating 50 Years of Building Community”

Committee for a Better New Orleans
“Celebrating 50 Years of Building Community”

Friday, August 19, 2016
Patron Party | 6:30pm | Pianist Sandy Hinderlie
Dinner | 7:30pm
Late Night Party | 9:00pm | Robin Barnes & her Jazz Band
Silent Auction | Throughout the evening.

Keynote Speaker
CBS News Correspondent Michelle Miller

William Hines
Broadmoor Improvement Association
Pontilly Neighborhood Association

Master of Ceremonies
Sheba Turk, Anchor-WWLTV

Hyatt Regency
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113


The Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO) will host its 50th Anniversary Gala to commemorate and honor five decades of leadership in community advocacy and governmental partnership. This work has included developing community leaders through the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, bringing information on key issues and resources (e.g., “The Residents Guide to City Services”) to the community, developing and promoting community engagement opportunities (e.g. Big Easy Budget Game), and advocating for open, effective, and accountable government.
In addition to reflecting and celebrating these contributions, we will honor an individual and two organizations that have made significant contributions to Empower Citizens to be Agents of Change. Selected honorees have demonstrated leadership in mobilizing groups of citizens and harnessing energies to help make New Orleans a better place to live through work that ensures equity and opportunity for all.


WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018.

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has redesignated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018.

This allows eligible nationals of Syria (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with the Federal Register notice published today.

Individuals re-registering for TPS:
Current beneficiaries under Syria’s TPS designation seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from Aug. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Syria TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of March 31, 2018. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Syria EADs with a Sept. 30, 2016, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 31, 2017.

To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:

Individuals applying for TPS for the first time:
For Syrian nationals (and persons having no nationality who last habitually resided in Syria) who do not currently have TPS, the TPS redesignation may allow them to apply for TPS if they have continuously resided in the United States since Aug. 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since Oct. 1, 2016. Applicants must meet all other TPS eligibility and filing requirements.

To apply for the first time, individuals must submit:

The Form I-765 application fee, but only if they want an EAD and are 14 to 65 years old (those under 14 or 66 and older do not need to pay the Form I-765 fee with their initial TPS application); and

The biometric services fee if they are age 14 or older.

Individuals who still have a pending initial TPS application under Syria’s designation do not need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:

Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.

All USCIS forms are available for free. Download forms or order them by mail through the USCIS website at or by calling the USCIS Forms Request Line toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.

Applicants can check their case status at My Case Status Online or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-767-1833).

For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis) and the USCIS blog The Beacon.
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Louisiana Court Interpreter Training Program, October 17 and 18, 2016

FYI: The registration deadline for the Louisiana Court Interpreter Training Program is set for October 7, 2016. Training dates are set for October 17 and 18, 2016.


Tara Richard, Esq.
Program Director
Louisiana Appleseed
1615 Poydras Street, Suite 1000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
504-561-7304 (o)
504-566-1926 (f)

To learn more about us, please watch this short video!

3rd Annual Quality And Patient Safety Summit

The 3rd Annual Quality and Patient Safety Summit will be held Friday, September 9, 2016 at The Westin Canal Place in New Orleans, LA. The purpose of this summit is to highlight all of the Quality and Patient Safety work being done throughout the system.

Come see guest speakers Mark Chassin, MD (CEO, The Joint Commission), John Howard (Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP) and Kenny Cole, MD (CTO, Baton Rouge General Hospital).

Register online
The Ochsner Clinic Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Ochsner Clinic Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please note: Refunds will not be issued after any conference has begun. For refunds to be made in advance of a conference please contact All refunds must be made 24 hrs. in advance of the specified conference in order to be able to process accordingly. Please be aware that all refunds are subject to cancellation charges which vary dependent upon the specified conference.