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Ms.Carrie L Jones

Carrie LeBlanc Jones is the chief legal officer and general counsel at the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), where she focuses on administrative and regulatory law. She has successfully represented the LSBN in state and federal court, served as prosecuting attorney in disciplinary matters, and advised board members and staff on a variety of legal issues. Prior to joining the LSBN, she was a partner at the law firm of Shows, Cali & Walsh, L.L.P. She received a BA degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University, her JD/BCL degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and an MBA degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Carrie has served as chair-elect, secretary and District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council. She helped plan the inaugural Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference, co-chaired the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition, served as the Professional Development Seminar coordinator, chaired the Bridging the Gap Committee and served on the Awards Committee. She received the LSBA YLD Chair’s Award in 2016 in recognition of her ongoing commitment and service to the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition. She served as a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class.

Her commitment to the legal profession includes two terms on the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. After the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed her to a second term, she served as the board’s chair in 2017, the youngest board member to hold this position. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit. She serves on the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Capital Area Community Partnership Panel.

In her community, she is a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. She also serves on the board of directors for Livingston Parish SADD. She and her husband, Aaron Jones, have been married for nine years and are the parents of two children.



Chair Messages

August-September 2020: Navigating a New Normal: Involvement in YLD Projects

It was a privilege and honor to be sworn in as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Board of Governors on June 11 by Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson at the Louisiana Supreme Court, alongside LSBA President Alainna Mire and the other LSBA officers and members of the Board of Governors. On the following day, I was sworn in as chair of the LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) by Judge Guy P. Holdridge, alongside the YLD Executive Committee (Scott Sternberg via Zoom, Graham Ryan and Dani Borel). The swearing-in ceremonies were the most “normal” thing I’ve done in quite a long time thanks to COVID-19. Life is slowly regaining some semblance of normalcy. The last time I wrote my Chair’s Message, I was working almost exclusively from home in the company of my two young children. I’m glad to be back in the office several days a week. It has been a season of chaos (and I know it’s not over), but it is nice to start finding a new normal.

 

Getting back to normal also means navigating my new role as YLD chair. I served on the YLD Council under the leadership of past YLD Chairs Erin Braud, Scotty Chabert, Bradley Tate, Dylan Thriffiley and Scott Sternberg. I learned valuable leadership lessons from each of my predecessors while also watching the YLD Council transform and find ways to improve upon itself each year.

 

Two years ago, the YLD Council had the opportunity to participate in strategic planning under the leadership of Dylan Thriffiley. We took a deep dive into the YLD’s programming and role in the bar association and reflected on what the YLD Council really wanted to achieve as a Council. It was unanimous that we wanted to be considered an essential part of the young lawyer’s journey. In keeping with our new vision, in 2019, we planned and hosted the inaugural Louisiana Young Lawyers’ Conference in connection with the LSBA’s Midyear Meeting. Our Immediate Past Chair Scott Sternberg furthered this mission by finding ways to increase young lawyer involvement and growing the Young Lawyers’ Conference into a unique learning and networking event specifically designed for and planned by young lawyers.

 

Many of the current Council members are returning members. It’s always nice to see familiar faces, but, more importantly, these young women and men are outstanding leaders who have been integral to the success of the YLD’s programming and initiatives. I’m equally excited to welcome our new members and their fresh perspectives, enthusiasm and ideas. In a year from now, I hope we can say we grew as a Council and found ways to improve upon ourselves to better serve the profession and the public.

 

As chair, I challenge the Council to maintain its positive momentum and to assist young lawyers in navigating their professional journeys. The Professional Development Seminar is coming out of hiatus for the Midyear Meeting in January and the 2021 Young Lawyers’ Conference is going to be a stand-alone event in New Orleans in late spring/early summer. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for updates on these great events, as well as networking and volunteer opportunities such as the High School Mock Trial Competition, Wills for Heroes and Barristers for Boards. These are all excellent ways to grow as attorneys (and to have a little fun, too)!

 

The Richard N. Ware IV High School Mock Trial Competition is a statewide mock trial competition. The state is divided into four regions, each hosting a competition and sending the top two teams to the state competition. The winning team earns the opportunity to compete in the national competition. Attorney volunteers are needed to coach teams and to judge the regional and state competitions. The students are eager to learn, work hard and do an amazing job. It is by far one of my most rewarding volunteer experiences.

 

The Wills for Heroes Program offers free legal services to first responders in the preparation of basic estate planning documents. The Wills for Heroes Committee coordinates with local affiliates and/or first responder groups to set up one-day clinics where attorney volunteers draft basic wills, powers of attorney and health care directives for eligible first responders and their spouses. The program was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Volunteers receive a free one hour of CLE credit prior to the clinic as part of their training.

 

The Barristers for Boards project places young lawyers on nonprofit boards and committees throughout the state. The YLD Council connects young lawyers and Louisiana nonprofits and facilitates training sessions.

 

I look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at YLD events this year. If you are interested in serving on a committee or if you are interested in a specific networking or volunteer opportunity, visit our web page at www.lsba.org/YLD/ or feel free to email me at jonesc@lsbn.state.la.us.


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