Young Lawyer Chair

Mr.Bradley J Tate

Bradley J. Tate is tax manager for the firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, L.L.C. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University, his JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and an LLM in taxation in 2012 from the University of Alabama. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Brad has served as chair-elect, secretary and the District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He was a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal’s Editorial Board and has served on the LSBA’s Budget Committee.

He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) where he has served as chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Committee on Real Property, Estates and Trusts and the ABA YLD’s Committee on Taxation.
Chair Messages

August-September 2017: Building Your Sense of Community

As young lawyers, most of us are faced with the same struggles — clients, billable hours, student loan payments, daycare, carpool, grocery shopping — a never-ending list of work and personal responsibilities that seems to monopolize all of our time. All of this coupled with just starting out in a career can be stressful and unfulfilling. However, through all of the hectic activity, I encourage all of you to become more involved in your communities. It is through giving back that you will find a greater sense of pride in what we do as attorneys and you will make an impact outside of your daily routine.

The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) has a focus on being a service organization. But, across the state as young lawyers, our reach goes beyond the activities of the YLD. As a young attorney and young professional, I have been encouraged by the willingness and dedication of many of my colleagues to become involved in our communities in many different ways. I know young lawyers who are involved in activities from serving on non-profit boards, coaching youth sports, volunteering in their churches, serving as pro bono advocates, and holding leadership positions in community organizations. As we mark a year since the devastating floods in the greater Baton Rouge area and other parts of the state, recall that the attorneys were the ones who began opening their offices to help these communities start to get back on their feet.

It is important that lawyers are seen in our communities volunteering and giving back to the people who entrust them with some of the most impactful things in their lives. It is a great responsibility to represent an accused person through a criminal proceeding or to guide a grieving family though a succession. When we are seen in the community as people who care, it becomes easier for clients to entrust us with their important issues and to be the first person they call.

For those of you looking for a place to begin involvement in your community, the YLD’s programs, including Barristers for Boards, Wills for Heroes and the State High School Mock Trial Competition, are great places to start. I would be happy to help you get involved.

This spirit of service also comes into play via Louisiana State Bar Association President Dona Kay Renegar’s hashtag — #yourLSBA — where attorneys around the state are being highlighted this Bar year for giving back to their respective communities. I’d also like to know more about the young lawyers who are making real differences in their communities and in the lives of others. Please reach out to me about these individuals so their stories can be shared.

In that regard, I’d like to ask each of you to interact with our social media pages. The YLD can be found on Twitter @LSBA_YLD and on Facebook at Also, follow the LSBA’s new Instagram account: @thelouisianabar.
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