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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 19, 2018
Young Lawyers Division • Professional Development Seminar
Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge
The Young Lawyers Division will present its annual Professional Development CLE seminar on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. The seminar is open to the first 175 Young Lawyers who register. The program has applied for 4 hours of CLE credit (including 1 hour of Ethics, 1 hour of Professionalism and 1 hour of Law Office Management). To register for the CLE, Click Here


Friday, January 19, 2018
LSBA YLD • Louisiana64 Symposium
Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge

The goal of the symposium is to strengthen communication, resources and coordination among the young lawyers of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, while increasing access to LSBA and local affiliate initiatives that serve the public and the profession. One young lawyer representative from each parish will be selected to participate. The program will include a roundtable discussion of issues and opportunities for Louisiana’s young lawyers and insight from panelists. Louisiana64 will be held in conjunction with the LSBA’s Midyear Meeting and the YLD Council meeting at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel (7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge). To Register, go to: https://www.lsba.org/YLD/la64.aspx


Latest News and Developments

Nominations Open for 2018 Young Lawyers Division Awards

The nomination deadline is Feb. 9, 2018, for five LSBA Young Lawyers Division awards — the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award, the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Service to the Public Award, the Service to the Bar Award and the YLD Pro Bono Award. Descriptions of each award are included on the Nomination Form. For more information, contact YLD Awards Committee Chair Kristi W. Richard, (225)382-3704 or email krichard@mcglinchey.com

Download a YLD Award Nomination Form (printable).

 2018 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition

The 2018 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition is scheduled for March 10, 2018. The event will take place at the 24th Judicial District Court (200 Derbigny St., Gretna). Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.

The State High School Mock Trial Competition is the culmination of four regional championships. It is coordinated annually by the LSBA's 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, State of Louisiana VS. Hendrix Rhodes, was written by the members of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Mock Trial Team.

Click here for the 2018 High School Mock Trial Handbook.
  *Please note that the Regional Coordinator for Region 1 has a new email address: valdelatte6@gmail.com.

Click here for the National High School Mock Trial Championship Federal Rules of Evidence.

Click here for the 2018 High School Mock Trial Case.

Click here for the 2018 regional competition dates and locations.


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.
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