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
LSBA Members, Bar Association Honored with 2017 Young Lawyers Division Awards

Five LSBA members and the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section received 2017 LSBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) awards, presented by 2016-17 YLD Chair Scotty E. Chabert, Jr. and other YLD Council members during a June 7 ceremony, held in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting.

Betty Ann Maury of Gretna received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Lauren L. Gardner of Lafayette and Adam P. Johnson of Lake Charles both received the Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award.

Monica M. Vela-Vick of Baton Rouge received the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award.

Janeane Gorcyca Abbott of Baton Rouge received the Pro Bono Award.

The Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section received the Service to the Public Award for its Donations to the Homeless Veterans project and the Service to the Bar Award for its Sidebar Luncheon program.

2017 High School Mock Trial Winners Announced

Congratulations to Caddo Parish Magnet High School of Shreveport, winners of the 2017 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition. Jesuit High School of New Orleans recieved second place. Manuel Molina from Jesuit High School was named "Best Attorney" and Dalia El-Giar from West Monroe High School was named "Best Witness."

The competition was held on March 11, 2017 at the 4th Judicial District Court in Monroe, Louisiana. The 2017 state case involved a free speech suit, Logan and Hayden Harrison v. Riviere Rapide School District. Caddo Parish Magnet High School went on to compete at the National High School Mock Trial Competition, which was held May 11-13, 2017 in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Southern University Law Center Wins 2017 LSBA Law School Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to Southern University Law Center, winners of the LSBA YLD's 2017 Law School Mock Trial Competition. The competition was held on Saturday, March 25 at was held at the 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge.LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center placed second in the mock trial competition. Elizabeth Wong of LSU was selected as "Best Oralist."


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