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Ms.Dylan T Thriffiley

Dylan T. Thriffiley is assistant vice president of compliance and regulatory affairs for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. 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 served as the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council chair-elect in 2017-18, secretary in 2016-17 and as a District 1 Council representative from 2012-16. She was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the LSBA’s Committee on the Profession and the Bar Governance Committee. She also was a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and serves on the board of trustees for the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

She is a former president of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. In 2015, she was named a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” In 2016, she became certified in healthcare compliance.

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 six years and are the parents of two children.
Chair Messages

August-September 2018: Attorney Volunteers Essential to Success of YLD Disaster Legal Services Program

This time of year always causes me to reflect on my time here in Louisiana. I moved from Tennessee to Baton Rouge right smack in the middle of August 2005. As if the August heat in south Louisiana wasn’t enough to get me acclimated to my new home, a short two weeks later, Hurricane Katrina made landfall and life around here has never been the same.

Returning to law school in the days and weeks after Katrina opened my eyes to a sense of community and culture that I had never before witnessed. What I didn’t know at the time is that the scope of services and resources available in times of disaster extend far beyond housing and MREs.

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) partners with FEMA to provide disaster victims free, quality, timely and efficient legal help through the ABA YLD Disaster Legal Services Program (DLS). When there is a presidentially declared disaster, FEMA and the ABA YLD work with the state and local bar associations and civil legal aid groups to provide free legal assistance to low-income disaster survivors via a toll-free hotline. The legal assistance hotline is able to be immediately activated and runs for as long as is needed based on call volume and frequency. For the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division, this program is overseen by our ABA YLD representative, Danielle L. Borel, who serves as the liaison between the ABA and LSBA young lawyers. The hotline is administered through the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

The DLS is not specific to hurricane response. When the Baton Rouge region experienced devastating flooding in 2016, the DLS hotline was activated and provided legal services to impacted residents for seven months (August 2016-February 2017).

While this program is organized by the ABA and LSBA young lawyers, attorney volunteers are essential to its success. Any Louisiana-licensed attorney can volunteer to work the hotline, answer disaster-related questions online through LA.freelegalanswers.org or volunteer with local pro bono programs to handle cases. Disaster issues might include bankruptcy, contractor problems, landlord/tenant issues, wills and insurance. If you are interested in learning more about DLS or how to volunteer, email Dani Borel at danielle.borel@bswllp.com or Rachael M. Mills at rachael.mills@lsba.org.  

As my law school classmates and I prepare for our 10-year reunion in October and reminisce about our unusual first semester in the fall of 2005, I hope we don’t have a need to activate DLS during this hurricane season. But if we do, I am honored to be part of an organization that is capable and ready to respond.
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