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

April-May 2018: Continue to “Disrupt” the World Around You to Constantly Make an Impact

Three hundred years of New Orleans is a remarkable milestone for our city and state. When I travel, and for a little too long, I am always ready to be back in New Orleans. Friday lunches at Galatoire’s, parades on St. Charles and dive bars in the Bywater all create one of the most unique and magnetic places I have ever experienced. New Orleans is also changing. One drive around downtown reveals the construction, new hotels and restaurants coming into the city. It’s exciting to be here and watch the change unfold.

Change was also on my mind when I started this year as chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD). Actually, the word that I held on to was “disruption.” We live in a world where industries that had long been unaffected by change have been completely turned upside down. Take for example Uber’s impact on the cab industry and Air B&B’s impact on hotels. While we never intended that much “disruption” as the YLD Council, it was that mindset that we needed to impact our board service. Bar associations are changing like every other organization, and it was time for us as the YLD to anticipate changes that could be coming our way. We questioned everything we did as a board and began to focus our energy on the best projects we could put forth.

As I finish my term, I believe we’ve done just that. As an organization, we have served the young lawyers and the Louisiana public more effectively by focusing on impactful projects. This year we’ve held more Wills for Heroes events than ever. This project reaches out to those who protect our communities and provides estate planning documents that are necessary and needed to protect themselves and their families. We hosted a fantastic high school mock trial program that involved high school students and attorneys from across the state. This year we saw more young lawyers writing content for the Louisiana Bar Journal. The Louisiana64 Symposium brought together leaders from Young Lawyers Sections and Divisions across the state to collaborate and continue to work together. Additionally, we continued to improve our Barristers for Boards program and offered quality CLE for our members.

It has been an honor to serve as chair of the LSBA YLD. I met young lawyers from across the state and country, and all of them have given me insight on their successes and their struggles. I brought these back to the fantastic Council to see where we could make a difference. I appreciate all of the hard work of Cristin Bordelon, RJ Marse, Jimmy Courtenay, Shayna Morvant, Jeff Hufft, Lauren Gardner, Adam Johnson, Kristi Richard, Carrie Jones, Nick Rockforte, Ethan Hunt, Joshua Williams, Travis Broussard, Kristen Burge and Graham Ryan. I am forever indebted to Scotty Chabert, Dylan Thriffiley and Scott Sternberg for being my best allies and my sounding board throughout this year. Of course, none of us could do our work without Kelly Ponder’s dedication and hard work for the YLD.

I now get to turn the reins of the YLD over to Dylan Thriffiley — a fitting transition for anyone who has known us since the day we started law school. I wish her, the YLD Council and the young lawyers of Louisiana the best and hope that each of you will continue to “disrupt” the world around you to constantly make an impact.
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