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

October-November 2019: It’s Election Time: Be Informed

It’s election time — some would say “silly season” — around Louisiana. I love elections. They are fun to watch, and they make my personal law practice way more exciting. They can also get expensive.

A fellow young lawyer sat down in my office recently and asked me why I go to fundraisers and participate in the process. He was contemplating his political involvement and uncertain of what he had to gain from being active in that sphere.

People expect us to be up on the issues of the day, I told him. And, it’s a great way to meet people.

In the August/September 2019 issue of the Louisiana Bar Journal, I suggested that Bar events are a great way to work on your marketing skills. It’s true, and we have quite a few events and programs coming up over the next few months. Stay tuned for more information.

Political events, like Bar events and professional activities, can serve not only as marketing opportunities but also as opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The fellow young lawyer went to a fundraiser for a major candidate that very same night and told me afterwards how his appreciation for political involvement had grown just from attending that one event. He had learned about issues he was unaware of before the event and developed a greater understanding of topics that he already cared about.

Not only was he able to network with friends and fellow professionals he already knew, but he met more seasoned attorneys in his practice area who held opinions that aligned with the candidate’s views. He realized how the rooms change with the issues involved and saw the value in being a part of the process.

I could see how, for this young attorney, the picture became a little clearer for him. To complement his enjoyable evening, he had made several new marketing contacts that he hopes to develop into new business. He’s still not sure how he feels about the candidates he met, but I’m 100% sure he’s more informed and further along in his professional development than he was before he walked into that room.

His newfound appreciation for political involvement matters, and not just because we should all care about what happens in our state or our community (we should). As a young lawyer, your clients, family and friends will expect you to be “up” on the issues — if not to have an opinion that they will seek out.

People will ask you which judicial candidate to vote for. Why? You’re a lawyer, shouldn’t you know? If you don’t know which judge you would support to hear your legal dispute, then how should the general public? The same can be said for every public office. So, take a moment to get informed about the issues and the candidates.

I’m not saying you should stake out an extreme or even any position on every single issue. I am saying that people will expect you to be a resource because of your training and role as an officer of the Court. Our Code of Professionalism states that we will “be mindful of our responsibility to the judicial system, the public, our colleagues, and the rule of law.”

Informing yourself on the issues of the day that affect your community will not only make you a better citizen, it will make you a more authoritative source. That will have benefits for you and your practice for years to come. It might also help you land a new client!

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