Young Lawyers Division

The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to foster discussions and interchange of ideas relative to the duties, responsibilities and problems of the younger members of the legal profession in the State of Louisiana; to aid in their advancement; to encourage their interest and participation in the activities of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and, in general, to further the purposes and objectives of the LSBA. This site is a public service of the LSBA-YLD Council, providing YLD information to the public, communicating with YLD members.

Latest News and Developments
2019 State High School Mock Trial Set for March 30, 2019 
The 2019 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Federal Courthouse in Lafayette, LA (800 Lafayette Street, Suite 2100). The State High School Mock Trial Competition is the culmination of four regional championships coordinated annually by the LSBA Young Lawyers Division. The competition is named in memory of the Honorable Richard N. Ware, IV, who enthusiastically volunteered for nearly a decade as the presiding judge of the final round of the Louisiana High School Mock Trial Competition. This year’s state case, Blake Carver vs. Theta Lambda Pi Fraternity, Inc., was written by the members of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Mock Trial Team. Questions and comments can be directed to competition co-chairs James E. Courtenay at and Megan E. Reaux at

View the 2019 Mock Trial Handbook.

View the 2019 Mock Trial Case Problem.

View the Mock Trial Rules of Evidence.

View Letter to Teams: Competition Logistics and Courthouse Information

2018-19 LSBA Young Lawyers Division Award Finalists and Winners Announced

The 2018-19 LSBA Young Lawyers Division Awards were presented on January 18 in conjunction with the 2019 LSBA Midyear Meeting. The awards were presented by 2018-19 YLD Council Chair Dylan T. Thriffiley during the Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference: "Build Your Brand."

Outstanding Program of the Year Award
Winner: Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.- "Pathways and Pipelines to Success"
Finalists: McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC- "Women's Initiative Network"; New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division- "Landmark Cases Project"
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Outstanding Local Affiliate Award
Winner: Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
Finalists: Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.; Lafayette Bar Association Young Lawyers Section

Pro Bono Award
Winner: Jesse C. Stewart, New Orleans
Finalists: Jennifer G. Prescott, Prairieville; Phillip M. Smith, Lafayette

The Honorable Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award
Winner: Jeremy A. Bazile, Lafayette
Finalists: Erin S. Kenny, Baton Rouge; Brittany O. Rosenbloom, Metairie

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Winner: Francisca M. Comeaux, Baton Rouge
Finalists: Joseph P. Briggett, New Orleans; MeKisha S. Creal, Shreveport; Micah J. Fincher, New Orleans; Rachel I. Silvers, New Orleans

Past Young Lawyer Awards

Are you a Young Lawyer in Louisiana? Find out how to get involved in the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division! 

Network, meet other young lawyers or members of the bar, and work on events and committees. To get involved, click here.

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600