Young Lawyers Division Council Members

Young Lawyers Division Council Members

Council members are elected by mail ballot and internet voting of the members of the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division from their respective districts by majority vote. The term for Council Members is two years. The Council nominates at least one person for the positions of Secretary and Chair-Elect and solicits additional nominations from the members of the Young Lawyers Division. These officers are elected by majority vote of all members of the Young Lawyers Division by mail ballot and internet voting. Every third year, the Secretary and Chair-Elect must be a resident of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, or Plaquemines Parishes.

Current Young Lawyer Division Council

Chair
Ms. Erin O'Brien Braud
Erin O. Braud is staff counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. (Law Offices of Robert E. Birtel) in Metairie. She received a BA degree in mass communications in 2002 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2005 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2005.

Erin served as chair-elect, secretary and District 2 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. She has participated in several Law Day and Constitution Day presentations. She is a member of the Plaquemines Parish Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association.

She and her husband, S. Jacob Braud, live in Belle Chasse, have been married for eight years and are the parents of three children.

3850 N Causeway Blvd Ste 220
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 681-6951
Fax: (504) 837-0249
Email: erin.braud@libertymutual.com
Chair-Elect
Mr. Scotty E Chabert Jr
Scotty E. Chabert, Jr. is an assistant district attorney for the 18th Judicial District and a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Saunders & Chabert. He previously served as an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. He received a BS degree in 2002 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2006 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Louisiana in 2006 and in Mississippi in 2007.

Scotty served as secretary and District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2009-10 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a past chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s (BRBA) Young Lawyers Section and a 2010 recipient of the BRBA’s President’s Award.

In his community, he is a member of First United Methodist Church.

Scotty and his wife, Katie D. Chabert, have been married for six and a half years and are the parents of three children.

6525 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 771-8100
Fax: (225) 771-8101
Email: schabert@saunderschabert.com
Secretary
Mr. Bradley Joseph Tate
Bradley J. Tate is a manager for the firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University, his JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and an LLM in taxation in 2012 from the University of Alabama. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Brad served as the District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal’s Editorial Board.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Lafayette Bar Association.

In his community, he is a member of The 705 for young leaders in Acadiana.

158 La Rue VIl
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: (985) 320-6996
Fax:
Email: brad@bjtatelaw.com
Immediate Past Chair
Mr. John Lee Hoffoss Jr
J. Lee Hoffoss, Jr. is a partner in the Lake Charles firm of Hoffoss Devall, L.L.C. He received a BA degree and an MA degree in 2000 and 2001, respectively, from Louisiana Tech University and his JD degree in 2004 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2004 and in Texas in 2010.

Lee served as chair, chair-elect, secretary and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. He is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and the Judge Albert Tate, Jr. American Inn of Court.

He was chosen as a Young Lawyers Fellow by the ABA GP Solo Division. He also was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer and as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

In his community, he works with St. Nicholas Center for Children and is a member of Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Lee and his wife, Corlissa Nash Hoffoss, have been married for nine years and are the parents of three children.

517 W College St
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Phone: (337) 433-2053
Fax: (337) 433-2055
Email: jlhoffoss@hdinjurylaw.com
District One Representative
Ms. Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley
Dylan T. Thriffiley is an associate in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller, L.L.P. She received a BS degree, magna cum laude, in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her JD degree, cum laude, in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Dylan has served as a District 1 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council since 2012. She was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class. She is co-chair of the LSBA’s Public Information Committee and is a member of the Committee on the Profession and the Bar Governance Committee. She also is a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board. She was recently appointed to the board of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

She is a Younger Lawyers Division board member for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a former president of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys and a member of the American Bar Association. In 2015, she was named a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star.”

In her community, Dylan is the volunteer coordinator for Hogs for the Cause, an organization which provides funding to families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer.

She and her husband, Peter S. Thriffiley, Jr., have been married for three years and are the parents of one child.

909 Poydras St Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 585-3050
Fax: (504) 585-3051
Email: dylan.thriffiley@keanmiller.com
District One Representative
Mr. Scott Lehman Sternberg
Scott L. Sternberg is an associate in the New Orleans office of Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, L.L.C. He received a BA degree in journalism in 2006 from Louisiana State University and his JD/DCL degree in 2010 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Scott was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class and is a former member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Crystal Gavel Committee (2013) and the Publications Subcommittee (2013).

He is an adjunct professor for the Loyola University School of Mass Communication. He is a member of the board of directors of the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter’s Younger Lawyers Division, a member of the LSU Law Chancellor’s Young Alumni Leadership Council and a member of the Louisiana Press Association.

Scott has been recognized as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2014 and 2015; on the New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” lists in 2013 and 2014; as a Loyola Institute of Politics Fellow in 2011; and in the Meritas Law Firms Worldwide Leadership Class in 2013-14.

In his community, he is a board member of the Young Leadership Council in New Orleans.

Scott and his wife, Breland, have been married for five years and are the parents of one child.

1100 Poydras St Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: (504) 585-7857
Fax: (504) 569-2099
Email: ssternberg@bhbmlaw.com
District Two Representative
Mr. Jason Matthew Baer
Jason M. Baer is a partner in the firm of Pandit Law in New Orleans. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2008 from Loyola University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Jason is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association (JBA) and a board member of the JBA’s Young Lawyers Division. He also is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Federal Bar Association.

He and his wife, Liz Lorio Baer, have been married for six years and are the parents of one child, expecting their second child in August.

650 Poydras St Ste 2525
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 313-3800
Fax: (504) 313-3800
Email: jbaer@panditlaw.com
District Two Representative
Mr. Jeffrey David Hufft
Jeffrey D. Hufft is an assistant attorney general (Criminal Division) with the Louisiana Department of Justice. He received a BA degree in psychology in 2003 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2009 from Loyola University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Jeffrey has served as a judge for the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s mock trial program. He is a board member of the Jefferson Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and a member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.

In his community, he is the vice president of the Homestead Brockenbraugh Civic Association and is an annual speaker for the Jesuit High School Career Day Law Curriculum.

Jeffrey and his wife, Danielle Treadaway Hufft, have been married for two years and are the parents of one child.

536 Homestead Ave
Metairie, LA 70006
Phone: (504) 232-3080
Fax:
Email: hufftj@ag.state.la.us
District Three Representative
Ms. Kassie Liner Hargis
Kassie L. Hargis is a law clerk for Judge John R. Walker, 32nd Judicial District Court, in Houma. She received her BA degree in English literature in 2000 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2006 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in 2007.

Kassie is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

In her community, she is involved with the Houma-Terrebonne Girls on the Run Program.

She and her husband, Jeffrey M. Hargis, have been married for eight years.

Courthouse Annex
7856 Main St Ste 211
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: (985) 873-6550
Fax: (985) 873-6592
Email: khargis@32ndjdc.org
District Four Representative
Mr. Adam Patrick Johnson
Adam P. Johnson is an attorney in the Lake Charles firm of Johnson & Vercher, L.L.C. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Louisiana State University and his JD degree from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Adam was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class.

He was the 2014 president of the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” professional and as a “Top Criminal Defense Lawyer” by Acadiana Magazine.

Adam and his wife, Ashley Leonards Johnson, have been married for four years and are the parents of one child.

910 Ford St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 433-1414
Fax: (337) 433-3234
Email: adam@johnsonandvercher.com
District Five Representative
Ms. Kristi Wagley Richard
Kristi W. Richard is a senior associate in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C., and an adjunct instructor of business law and sports law at Louisiana State University. She received a BS degree in management, summa cum laude, in 2004 from LSU, a master’s degree in business administration in 2009 from LSU, and her JD/BCL degree, magna cum laude, in 2009 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Kristi was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and will serve as chair of its Holiday Star Project in the upcoming year.

In her community, she is a community council member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge (serving as community vice president in 2015-16) and is a member of the 2015 class of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program.

She and her husband, Daniel Richard, have been married for 12 years and are the parents of one child.

301 Main St Ste 1400
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 382-3704
Fax: (225) 343-3076
Email: krichard@mcglinchey.com
District Five Representative
Ms. Carrie LeBlanc Jones
Carrie LeBlanc Jones is an associate in the Baton Rouge firm of Shows, Cali & Walsh, L.L.P. She received a BA degree in mass communication in 2004 from Louisiana State University, an MBA degree in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University and her JD/BCL degree in 2008 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Carrie is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class.

She is a member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit.

In her community, she is a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. She and her husband, Aaron Jones, have been married for four years and are the parents of one child.

628 Saint Louis St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 346-1461
Fax: (225) 346-1467
Email: carrie@scwllp.com
District Six Representative
Ms. Christie C Wood
Christie C. Wood is an associate in the firm of Faircloth Melton & Keiser, L.L.C., in Alexandria. She received a BA degree in 1999 from Louisiana Tech University and her JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Christie is a young lawyer observer for the Louisiana State Law Institute.

She is chair of the Alexandria Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council and a member of the Crossroads American Inn of Court in Alexandria-Pineville. In law school, she was named to the Chancellor’s List and was a member of the Legal Association of Women and the Civilian Student Society.

She and her husband, Jeremy Wood, have been married for seven years and are the parents of two children.

105 Yorktown Dr
Alexandria, LA 71303
Phone: (318) 619-7755
Fax: (318) 619-7744
Email: cwood@fairclothlaw.com
District Seven Representative
Ms. Ashley Lynn Smith
Ashley L. Smith is an attorney in Monroe. She received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting in 2001 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her JD degree in 2009 from Southern University Law Center. She earned an LLM in taxation in 2010 from Southern Methodist University. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Ashley is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Access to Justice Committee. She was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the Access to Justice Pro Bono Awards Nomination Committee and the Self-Represented Litigant Subcommittee and was involved with the “Lawyers in Libraries” public service initiative. She also is a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Northeast Community Partnership Panel.

She has been a member of the 4th Judicial District Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section since 2011. In her community, she is a member of First Baptist Church in Tallulah.

Ashley is married to Brian Dayton and she is a stepmother to two children.

400 Saint John St
Monroe, LA 71210
Phone: (318) 327-1400
Fax: (318) 327-1468
Email: smitha311@aol.com
District Eight Representative
Ms. Allison C Foster
Allison C. Foster is an associate in the Shreveport firm of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, A.P.L.C. She received a BS degree in general business in 2006 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2009 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Allison was a member of the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.

In her community, she is involved with Holy Angels Champions for Individuals with Disabilities.

Allison and her husband, Ben, have been married for a year and are expecting their first child.

333 Texas St Ste 1700
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 227-7712
Fax: (318) 227-7850
Email: allison.foster@cookyancey.com
At-Large Representative
Mr. Kellen James Mathews
Kellen J. Mathews is an associate in the litigation practice group in the Baton Rouge office of Adams and Reese, L.L.P. He received a BA degree in political science in 2004 from Millsaps College and his JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Kellen was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class. He currently serves as the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Diversity Committee chair and is a member of the LSBA Conclave on Diversity Subcommittee. He also has chaired the YLD’s Law School Outreach Committee, helping to put on the Law School Mock Trial competition in 2013.

In his community, he is a board member of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, assisting more than 130 charitable agencies in Baton Rouge and 11 surrounding parishes. He also is a member of the City Year Baton Rouge Associate Board, serving on the Host Committee charged with coordinating City Year Baton Rouge’s signature fundraiser, the School House Rock Gala.

Kellen and his wife, Mikki Ceasar Mathews, have been married for two years.

450 Laurel St Ste 1900
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 336-5200
Fax: (225) 336-5220
Email: kellen.mathews@arlaw.com
YLD Representative to the ABA House of Delegates
Mr. Ryan Matthew McCabe
Ryan M. McCabe is an associate in Steeg Law Firm, L.L.C., in New Orleans. He received BS and BA degrees in 2004 from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and his JD degree and certificate in maritime law in 2007 from Tulane University Law School. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2007. He has been an associate professor of trial advocacy at Tulane Law School since 2013.

Ryan is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) House of Delegates, 2011-15. He was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He also is a member of the LSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2009-11 and 2013-present). He is national chair of the Federal Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee (2013-present).

He received the 2013 LSBA Young Lawyers Division’s Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award. He was chosen as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in real estate in 2014 and in professional liability defense in 2013. He also received the 2007 Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Award of Excellence and won the 2005 Tulane Maritime Law Journal annual writing competition.

In his community, Ryan has served as secretary and Land Use Committee member for the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association since 2012.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 3201
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-1199
Fax: (504) 582-1240
Email: rmccabe@steeglaw.com
ABA YLD Representative
Mr. Graham Harris Ryan
Graham H. Ryan is an associate in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP. He received a BS degree, summa cum laude, in finance in 2007 from Louisiana State University and his JD/DCL degree in 2011 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011.

Graham was a member of the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class. He chaired the Louisiana State Bar Association’s first Hackcess to Justice hackathon to increase access to justice efforts and helped coordinate the greater New Orleans area high school mock trial competition.

He is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association.

In his community, Graham is chair of HandsOn New Orleans, a nonprofit volunteer center. He also provides pro bono legal services to the homeless and veterans at the Father Harry Tompson Rebuild Center in New Orleans.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 5100
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-8370
Fax: (504) 589-8370
Email: gryan@joneswalker.com


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