Young Lawyer Chair

Mr.Scott L Sternberg

Scott L. Sternberg is a partner at Sternberg, Naccari & White, L.L.C., with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, where he focuses on business, general litigation and media matters. His media focus has involved litigation for newspapers, including The Advocate, and legal and legislative work for the Louisiana Press Association. He received a BA degree in journalism from Louisiana State University and his JD/DCL degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Scott has served as chair-elect, secretary and District 1 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council. As part of the YLD’s strategic planning, he chaired the first Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference in 2019. In 2019, he received an LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award for his pro bono, professional and charitable activities. In 2015, he received the LSBA’s Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award for most outstanding Louisiana Bar Journal article. He served on several LSBA committees and was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class.

He serves as the immediate past chair of the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter’s Younger Lawyers Division and has taught at LSU and Loyola. He serves on the boards of the Pro Bono Project, the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education and the Jefferson Parish Chamber of Commerce. He has been recognized as one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40,” as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and on New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list.

Scott and his wife Breland are the parents of three children.

Chair Messages

April-May 2020: YLD is an Essential Part of the Young Lawyer Journey

A colleague of mine once told a CLE I was attending words I now often share: your career journey only looks like a path if you turn around. This portion of my journey is ending. This is my last Chair’s Message, and my term as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) is coming to an end. It has been an honor to represent you. It has been a long road — because, in reality, being the YLD chair is no longer a one-year job, thanks to some good friends and a group of willing servant-leaders with the foresight to think big and think ahead.
This year, the YLD furthered the mission we set upon last year to become an essential part of the young lawyer journey. Our Wills for Heroes Program is booming thanks to Betty Maury and Loren Shanklin. Our second Young Lawyers Conference was a success under the leadership of Graham Ryan and Dani Borel. Our Mock Trial Program continues to provide an amazing opportunity in skills development for high school students around the state. But perhaps most importantly, as a Council, we have taken on issues important to you and to us.
You can expect more of the same in the future. Our next chair, Carrie Jones, is a thoughtful advocate for you and for me. Her successors, first Graham Ryan and then Dani Borel, are similarly committed to being passionate advocates for young lawyers across our state. And they will work together — not just in single years — to achieve collective goals and fulfill our mission.
The YLD’s years of improvement started with pointed recruitment years ago by former chairs and involved members of the Council. Finding involved, energetic young lawyers with the time to volunteer and represent the young lawyers around our state can be a challenge. Many of our elections are uncontested. Consider running next time! Competition breeds excellence.
For many years, the YLD was referred to solely as the “service arm” of the Bar. This mantra was premised on the idea that young lawyers were more capable of performing service to the Bar, and to the community, than their older counterparts. Of course, we all know this is not the case. Young lawyers are just as busy as older lawyers.
Four years ago, Brad Tate, Dylan Thriffiley and I sat down and talked about what the YLD could, and should, be. We agreed to include each other in decision making, and the result was a YLD Executive Board that wasn’t re-inventing the wheel each year. Last year, during our strategic planning session, we threw out the old “service arm of the Bar” mantra and adopted a new one: the YLD is an essential part of the young lawyer journey. We also decided to start advocating, not just programming.
Our new mantra led us to take positions, either individually or collectively, on issues such as JLAP, CLE requirements for young lawyers, and encouraging lactation rooms in courthouses. Furthermore, through education, networking and meaningful opportunities for community service, the YLD continues a proud tradition of programming. The YLD now has a culture of accountability and sustained agreement that the job of chair is not just one person, but a group of individuals who each take a term at the helm.
What lesson can be learned here? I suggest to you that whatever organization you may be involved in, or even your firm or practice group, can benefit from strategic planning. The strategic planning session the YLD Council and the LSBA Board of Governors participated in last year was incredibly important to ensuring the goals of the Bar are both in line with our members and in service to our profession.
And now, my time is up. But, thanks to the tone set just a few years ago, this year will not be the end for my service, nor was it my first turn at the wheel. I look forward to one more year on the YLD Council and am looking forward to representing all of the lawyers of Orleans Parish on the LSBA Board of Governors for the next three years. There, I’ll serve with numerous former YLD chairs. We will continue representing you, the future of this Bar, with vigor and respect.
Thank you again, and good luck to us all.
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