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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

October-November 2018: New Bar Members: Meet the New Code of Professionalism

On Oct. 15, the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) admitted and welcomed the newest group of lawyers into the fold. These new admittees are also the newest members of the LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD).

First, I’d like to welcome all of them to the YLD! The YLD is comprised of all attorneys under the age of 39 or who have been in practice for fewer than five years. We are approximately 6,000 lawyers strong and one of the reasons we exist is to encourage young lawyers’ interest and participation in Bar activities.

Timed perfectly for the newest LSBA members is the launch of the new Code of Professionalism. (Read more about the Code in this issue beginning on page ???.) While every word of the updated Code of Professionalism is applicable to every member of the LSBA, there are a few statements that stand out to me as particularly applicable to our division.

I will work to protect and improve the image of the legal profession in the eyes of the public.
Every lawyer has that family member who loves nothing more than to crack a lawyer joke at the Thanksgiving table. Let’s face it. Lawyers don’t have the best stereotypical reputation, but that reputation is just that, a stereotype. In my opinion, it’s also less true today than it’s ever been. Take every opportunity you can to prove the naysayers wrong. Give back to the public, treat your clients and colleagues with respect, and dress the part. Obtaining a law degree and passing the bar is no easy feat, but with that accomplishment comes great responsibility.

I will use technology, including social media, responsibly. My words and actions, no matter how conveyed, should reflect the professionalism expected of me as a lawyer.
I will never forget my law school orientation when a professor took the stage and said, “Your legal career started yesterday.” That statement had a profound impact on our class, as it was a stark reminder that your reputation is bigger than the four corners of your diploma. Remember that you represent the profession in all of your communications, including the online ones. Step away from email and pick up the phone to call that colleague or opposing counsel. Think twice before you re-post that off-color joke or comment on Facebook. Remember that you ultimately represent the profession in nearly every interaction you have, so strive to promote respect for yourself and your colleagues.

I will be supportive of new members in the profession.
While this is technically a call to the more “seasoned” of our colleagues, I encourage you to hold them to this commitment and find yourself a mentor. It just so happens that the LSBA has a formal, statewide mentoring program called the Transition into Practice (TIP) program. The program matches one mentor with one mentee, allowing more experienced attorneys to share their knowledge with those who are just starting their careers. You can find more information online: www.lsba.org/mentoring.

So, to new members and seasoned ones, if you want to know more about the Young Lawyers Division or how to get involved, email me at dylan.thriffiley@ochsner.org.  
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