Build Your Brand - Young Lawyers Conference

The Louisiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will present its 2019 Louisiana Young Lawyers' Conference, "Build Your Brand" on Friday, January 18 at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel (7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA). The conference is open to the first 175 young lawyers who register for a cost of $50.00. Online registration will close at 3 p.m. on Jan. 14, however on-site registration will be available if there are spots available. The conference has applied for 4 hours of CLE credit (including 1 hour of ethics, 1 hour of professionalism and 1 hour of law office management).

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Conference Agenda

9:30 - 10 a.m. Registration 

10 - 10:30 a.m. Networking Bingo

10:30 - 10:40 a.m. Welcome

Dylan T. Thriffiley, YLD Chair 
W. Michael Street, Louisiana Bar Foundation President 
Salons 1-2

10:40 - 11:10 a.m. The Value of Bar Participation
(0.5  hours CLE credit) (Professionalism)
Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President 
Salons 1-2

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Opening Plenary: Practicing in the Social Media Age (1 hour CLE credit) (Ethics)
Moderator: Danielle "Dani" L. Borel 
Panelists: Franz N. Borghardt & Hayden A. Moore 
Salons 1-2

12:10 - 12:20 p.m. Email Break

12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch and Presentation of YLD Awards

Dylan T. Thriffiley, YLD Chair 
Salons 1-2

12:50 - 1:20 p.m. Keynote Address (0.5 hours CLE Credit) (Professionalism)
Keynote Speaker:
Tanner D. Magee, Louisiana State Representative • District 53 • Houma
Salons 1-2

1:20 - 1:30 p.m. Email Break

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.  Good Associates Make Good Partners: Climbing the Ladder at Your Firm (1 hour CLE credit)
Panelists: Graham H. Ryan, Kellen Matthews, Jeff Coreil & Kelly Brilleaux 
Salon 2

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Building Your Law Practice from the Ground Up (1 hour CLE credit) (LPM)
Panelists: P. Heath Hattaway, Loren D. Shanklin & Paul "Woody" Scott 
Salon 3

2:30 - 2:40 p.m. Email Break

2:40 - 3:10 p.m. 
Sprint Session A: Bankruptcy 101 
(.5 hours CLE credit) 
Panelists: Ryan Richmond & Lacey Rochester 
Salon 2

Sprint Session B:
Fundamentals of a Transaction

Panelists: Kristi Richard & Ashley Bynum Donald
Salon 3

3:10 - 3:40 p.m. 
Sprint Session C: Criminal Law for the Uninitiated
 (0.5 hours CLE Credit)
Panelists: Jeffrey D. Hufft & Joshua Williams 
Salon 2

Sprint Session D: Modern Day Inclusion in the Workforce (Professionalism)
Panelists: TBD 

3:40 - 3:50 p.m. Email Break

3:50 - 4:50 p.m. The Idea Exchange
Chat with other attendees about law related topics that interest you in this speed networking format. 
  • Roundtable Marketing Successes
  • Roundtable Your First Courtroom/Boardroom Appearance Stories
  • Roundtable Tech Talk
  • Roundtable Pro Bono Opportunities
  • Roundtable Community/Bar Service 
  • Roundtable Building Your Practice Area
Salon 1-2

4:50 - 5 p.m. Wrap- Up and Adjourn

Danielle "Dani" L. Borel
Salon 1-2

5 - 6 p.m. Networking Reception 


6 - 7:30 p.m. Reception Honoring 50-, 60- and 70-Year Members
(Open to all registrants)
Salon 1-2

7 p.m. Dine-Arounds
Sign up at the meeting registration desk by 12 noon for the restaurant of your choosing for an evening of camaraderie and food with your fellow attendees and YLD Council members. Dinners are Dutch-treat.
(Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:45 p.m.)

Conference Speakers

Tanner Magee

Keynote Speaker

Tanner D. Magee, Louisiana State Representative • District 53 • Houma

Tanner Magee is a lawyer and a Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, representing District 53. He was first elected to the chamber in 2015.  Tanner lives in Houma and works in various areas of the law.

Welcoming Dignitaries
Dylan T. Thriffiley, YLD Chair • Ochsner Health System • New Orleans
Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President • Taggart Morton, L.L.C. • New Orleans
W. Michael Street, Louisiana Bar Foundation President • Watson, McMillin & Street • Monroe

Speakers & Panelists
Danielle "Dani" L. Borel • Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP • Baton Rouge
Kelly Brilleaux • Irwin Fritchie • New Orleans
Jeff Coreil • Neuner Pate • Lafayette
Ashley Bynum Donald • Legacy Title, LLC • Baton Rouge
Barry H. Grodsky, LSBA President • Taggart Morton, L.L.C. • New Orleans
P. Heath Hattaway • Attorney at Law • Ruston
Jeffrey D. Hufft • Attorney at Law • New Orleans
Kellen Matthews • Adams & Reese • Baton Rouge
Kristi Richard • McGlinchey Stafford • Baton Rouge
Ryan Richmond • Attorney at Law • Baton Rouge
Lacey Rochester • Baker Donelson • New Orleans
Graham H. Ryan • Jones Walker LLP • New Orleans
Paul "Woody" Scott • The Scott Law Firm • Baton Rouge
Loren D. Shanklin • Smith Shanklin Sosa LLC • Baton Rouge
Dylan T. Thriffiley, YLD Chair • Ochsner Health System • New Orleans
Joshua Williams • Assistant District Attorney • Shreveport


7 p.m. Dine-Arounds

(Meet in the hotel lobby at 6:45 p.m.) 
Sign up at the meeting registration desk by 12 noon for the restaurant of your choosing for an evening of camaraderie and food with your fellow attendees and YLD Council members. Dinners are Dutch-treat.

Kona Grill - $$
The unique combination of upscale American food freshly prepared in a scratch kitchen, award-winning sushi and modern bar provides an innovative restaurant concept. 

Marcello's - $$

The Marcello's family of restaurants has arrived in Baton Rouge providing the same five-star quality food and excellent service as they do in New Orleans & Lafayette. Only the freshest ingredients are used and reflect authentic Sicilian cuisine with a touch of Northern Italy. Their wine concept is giving guests the choice to browse the racks and make their selection from value priced wines. 

Roux 61 - $$
Whether it’s a Roux burger, their unique shrimp and alligator cheesecake, or a ribeye seared to perfection at exactly 1800 degrees, every plate is prepared with exceptional skill and passion using the absolute best ingredients.

Stabs Prime Steak and Seafood - $$$
Stabs Prime focuses on fresh ingredients from top cuts of USDA Prime Beef, signature Louisiana Seafood dishes, down to the tasty produce in your salad!

Superior on Highland - $$
Consistently rated as one of Louisiana's best Mexican restaurants since 1983 and is a landmark serving fine quality foods in a festive Mexican atmosphere.


Cancellations & Refunds

The Young Lawyers' Conference is open to Young Lawyers ONLY for a a cost of $50. 

Included in Member Registration:

  • Conference attendance
  • Electronic course materials provided via link*
  • Lunch 

*Important Note: A link to the conference materials will be emailed to your email of record with the LSBA prior to the conference. You may decide to print the materials in advance and bring with you, or download to your electronic device to view in the seminar. If you choose to review the materials from your laptop or other electronic device, we strongly suggest you charge the battery, as electrical outlets may be limited. Internet access will not be available in the meeting room.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Monday, January 14, 2019. Cancellations will receive a full refund. Absolutely no refunds will be made after Monday, January 14. If you register on or after Monday, January 14, 2019 no refunds will be given.

Louisiana State Bar Association
601 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70130
(800) 421-LSBA(5722) / (504) 566-1600