Young Lawyer Chair

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

April-May 2019: This Has Been a Great Ride!

It is hard to believe that another bar year has come and gone. This year was certainly the fastest, but I’ve been told that this will continue to be true. Preparing this message has prompted me to reflect on the past year and consider what our Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council has accomplished.

We kicked off the year with a great first meeting at the Annual Meeting in Destin, Fla., and then promptly got to work. In July, we surveyed the membership and were able to ask questions specific to young lawyers, which provided us with incredible insight into the interests and needs of our members. Perhaps the most important takeaway for all of us was the significant lack of awareness among young lawyers of the depth and breadth of the benefits that the association and the YLD can provide.

In September, we held the first-ever LSBA Young Lawyers Division strategic planning session and, with the help of consultant Elizabeth Derrico, had a great time mapping out the plan for the next three years of the YLD. We developed four goals for the YLD to guide us through 2021, which are:

• provide young lawyers with an opportunity for meaningful service and engagement;

• foster young lawyers’ professional and career development;

• be a respected and effective advocate on behalf of young lawyers; and

• strengthen our governance capacity to serve our members and our vision.

These four goals have been the driving force behind many of our actions this year, and we are grateful to the LSBA and Board of Governors for allowing us the opportunity to work with Elizabeth to map it out.

We spent most of the fall preparing for the Young Lawyers Conference in January. I won’t bore you with my accolades about that event again but, suffice it to say, that I have never been prouder of the YLD Council than I was on that day. We will continue to refine and develop the conference in the years to come and I can’t wait to see what it looks like in 2020 and 2021.

Our executive team has functioned as a true team this year and we have had a great time working together. Council meetings have been substantive and productive, our district reps and other council members have been engaged, and we have all benefitted from the momentum. As I pass the baton to Scott Sternberg, I know that this group of individuals is going places and I’m happy to have had the opportunity to play a very small part in it.

As many of you know, writing this message every other month has probably been my least favorite part of the job and I’m happy to see that responsibility come to an end. But I would be remiss to wrap up my last chair’s message and not mention a few notes of gratitude. Thank you to Peter, Thompson and Margot for all your love and support this year. You may not always understand what I’m doing or why but thank you for having my back, no matter what.

Thank you to Brad Tate for setting the stage for this Council to become what you knew it was capable of being, for making the leadership transition so seamless and for being my best friend since law school visit day in 2004. Still can’t believe you beat me to the finish line . . . .

Thank you to Kelly Ponder, our LSBA staff liaison and the backbone of this Council. Without your dedication (and organization!), we might not have made it past orientation this year. You have become one of my dearest friends and I have had so much fun working with you.

Thank you to Marsha McNulty, who might be the ONLY person in the state of Louisiana who actually reads my Chair’s Message and who always makes my day when she sends her daughter a note to say, “I saw Dylan in the Bar Journal!”

Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Mike Patterson and Christine Lipsey for the encouragement back in 2008 to get involved with the LSBA.

This has been a great ride and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. Thank you all for the opportunity to serve.


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