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Council members are elected by mail ballot and internet voting of the members of the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division from their respective districts by majority vote. The term for Council Members is two years. The Council nominates at least one person for the positions of Secretary and Chair-Elect and solicits additional nominations from the members of the Young Lawyers Division. These officers are elected by majority vote of all members of the Young Lawyers Division by mail ballot and internet voting. Every third year, the Secretary and Chair-Elect must be a resident of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, or Plaquemines Parishes.

Current Young Lawyer Division Council

Chair

Ms. Carrie LeBlanc Jones
Carrie LeBlanc Jones is the chief legal officer and general counsel at the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), where she focuses on administrative and regulatory law. She has successfully represented the LSBN in state and federal court, served as prosecuting attorney in disciplinary matters, and advised board members and staff on a variety of legal issues. Prior to joining the LSBN, she was a partner at the law firm of Shows, Cali & Walsh, L.L.P. She received a BA degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University, her JD/BCL degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and an MBA degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Carrie has served as chair-elect, secretary and District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council. She helped plan the inaugural Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference, co-chaired the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition, served as the Professional Development Seminar coordinator, chaired the Bridging the Gap Committee and served on the Awards Committee. She received the LSBA YLD Chair’s Award in 2016 in recognition of her ongoing commitment and service to the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition. She served as a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class.

Her commitment to the legal profession includes two terms on the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. After the Louisiana Supreme Court appointed her to a second term, she served as the board’s chair in 2017, the youngest board member to hold this position. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit. She serves on the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Capital Area Community Partnership Panel.

In her community, she is a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. She also serves on the board of directors for Livingston Parish SADD. She and her husband, Aaron Jones, have been married for nine years and are the parents of two children.

17373 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 755-7500
Fax: (225) 755-7568
Email: jonesc@lsbn.state.la.us

Chair-Elect

Mr. Graham Harris Ryan
Graham H. Ryan is a partner in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP, where he resolves complex business and contract disputes through litigation. He graduated, summa cum laude, in finance from Louisiana State University, received his law degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Louisiana Law Review) and is an alumnus of the Harvard Negotiation Institute’s dispute resolution program.

Graham has served on the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council as 2019-20 secretary and as the young lawyer member on the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. He currently serves on the LSBA’s Legislation Committee and Access to Justice Committee. He was a member of the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class. He received the 2016 LSBA YLD Chair’s Award and was named as a 2017 Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow for his commitment to increasing access to justice. He has served as a council member for the Louisiana State Law Institute, the ABA YLD, the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel and the Jefferson Bar Association YLD. He co-chaired the ABA YLD Litigation Committee.

He was honored as a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” nationally by the ABA and as a member of the 2020 Leadership in Law Class by New Orleans CityBusiness.
In his community, Graham is a board member of Lakeview Civic and Lakeview Crime Prevention District and is a former chair of HandsOn New Orleans, a nonprofit volunteer center founded after Hurricane Katrina that engaged more than 60,000 volunteers to rebuild south Louisiana. He also is an attorney volunteer and board member of the Pro Bono Project and several other community organizations.

Graham and his wife Erin are the parents of two sons.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 5100
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-8370
Fax: (504) 589-8370
Email: gryan@joneswalker.com

Secretary

Ms. Danielle Lauren Borel
Danielle L. Borel is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. She received a BS degree, magna cum laude, in 2011 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree, magna cum laude, in 2014 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Louisiana Law Review, 2012-14; Order of the Coif). She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Dani served on the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council as the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Young Lawyers Division representative and received the LSBA YLD’s Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award in 2019. She is a leader in the ABA’s Young Lawyers Division and the ABA Health Law Section. She was recognized as an Emerging Young Lawyer in Healthcare by the ABA Health Law Section in 2019 and as an ABA Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter in spring and fall 2017 and fall 2019. She also is a member of the Louisiana Hospital Association and has participated in the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Holiday Star Program.

In her community, she is a member of the board of directors and chairs the advisory board for Lighthouse Louisiana. She was twice recognized with the Lighthouse Louisiana Door Knocker Award for her service. She also volunteers for PulseBR (American Heart Association) and as a judge for the LSU Law Center.

Dani and her husband, Nathan Judice, have been married for nine years.

301 Main St Ste 2300
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 387-4000
Fax: (228) 381-8029
Email: danielle.borel@bswllp.com

Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Scott Lehman Sternberg
Scott L. Sternberg is the managing partner of 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 law degree from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Scott has served as chair, chair-elect, secretary and District 1 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association (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. He has twice received the LSBA’s Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award for most outstanding Louisiana Bar Journal article. He served on numerous LSBA committees and was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class.

He has taught at LSU and Loyola. He serves on the boards of the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter, the American Red Cross for Southeast Louisiana, the Pro Bono Project and the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education. He has been recognized as one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40,” as a Louisiana Super Lawyer “Rising Star” and on New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list. In 2020, he was named a “Leader in Law” by New Orleans CityBusiness.

Scott and his wife Breland are the parents of three children and are expecting a fourth child in July.

935 Gravier St Ste 2020
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 324-1887
Fax: (504) 534-8961
Email: scott@snw.law

District One Representative

Ms. Kristen D Amond
Kristen D. Amond is an associate in the New Orleans office of Fishman Haygood, L.L.P. She previously clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan, Eastern District of Louisiana. In law school, she served as an intern for U.S. District Court Judge Brian A. Jackson, Middle District of Louisiana. She received a BS degree in management in 2010 from Tulane University and her JD degree, magna cum laude, in 2016 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2016. Before law school, she taught second and third grade in charter schools in New Orleans.

Kristen serves on the boards of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division and Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. She is part of the CABL’s Leadership Louisiana Class of 2019 and teaches media law at Tulane University.

She loves all things New Orleans and looks forward to traveling the world with her wife, Nancia Sterling.

650 Poydras Street
Suite 1525
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 383-0332
Fax: (504) 733-7958
Email: kamond@millsamond.com

District One Representative

Mr. Collin R Melancon
Collin R. Melancon is a partner/owner of Mansfield, Melancon, Cranmer & Dick, L.L.C., in New Orleans. He received a bachelor degree in international studies in 2011 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2015 from Loyola University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2015.

Collin served as the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) representative on the Louisiana Judicial Council and was a speaker for the LSBA Young Lawyers Conference. He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He served on the Planning Committee for the Pro Bono Project’s Justice for All Ball. He was recognized as a Louisiana Super Lawyer “Rising Star” in 2020.

He received the Spirit of St. Ignatius Award for Outstanding Law Graduate (highest award given to a graduating law student) at Loyola Law School. He also received the LSBA Civil Code Award at Loyola Law School.

Collin and his wife, Jillian Melancon, have been married for two years.

318 Harrison Ave
New Orleans, LA 70124
Phone: (504) 814-1496
Fax: (504) 208-3427
Email: collin@mmcdlaw.com

District Two Representative

Ms. Shayna Beevers Morvant
Shayna Beevers Morvant is managing partner of the Gretna firm of Beevers & Beevers, L.L.P. She received a BSM degree in 2009 from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and her JD degree in 2012 from Tulane University Law School. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2012.

Shayna is a general practitioner with class action and civil litigation experience. Her practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense, family law and representation of local law enforcement organizations. She is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Tulane Law School, teaching pre-trial litigation skills during the Boot Camp and Trial Advocacy Programs.

She has served two terms as the District 2 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. She also serves on the LSBA’s Board of Governors, in the House of Delegates and is secretary of the Civil Law and Litigation Section. She was elected to the 2017, 2019 and 2020 Nominating Committee. She was a member of the 2015-16 Leadership LSBA Class.

Shayna is the membership chair for the Tulane Inn of Court and is a former chair of the Jefferson Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. She is currently serving as the treasurer for the Jefferson Bar Association board, after serving two terms as the representative at large. She is a frequent presenter of CLE topics and has been presenting programs for the LSBA since 2013, with a focus on social media, professionalism and trial litigation. She also has presented CLE programs for the New Orleans Bar Association, the Jefferson Bar Association and Tulane Law School.

In her community, she is a former chair of legislative affairs for the Junior League of New Orleans, a Louisiana Children’s Museum campaign leader and a member of the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary.

Shayna and her husband Wesley are the parents of two children.

210 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 361-4287
Fax: (504) 362-1405

District Two Representative

Ms. Betty Ann Maury
Betty A. Maury is the judicial law clerk for Judge Lee V. Faulkner, Jr., Division P, 24th Judicial District Court, Gretna. She received a BA degree, summa cum laude, in management of criminal justice in 2008 from Concordia University of Wisconsin and her JD degree in 2013 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2013.

Betty is serving in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) House of Delegates, representing the 24th Judicial District (2017-21). She is co-chair of the LSBA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Wills for Heroes Program. She was a member of the 2017-18 Leadership LSBA Class and served as the co-chair to the 2018-19 Leadership LSBA Class.

She is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association, serving as webmaster and on the CLE Committee, and was the 2017 chair of the Young Lawyers Division. She has served on the board of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education since 2016 and participated in several Lawyers in the Classroom programs. She has volunteered to assist in expungement events coordinated by the Justice and Accountability Center of Louisiana.

Betty is the recipient of the New Orleans Children’s Advocacy Center Trees of Life Award, 2018; the LSBA YLD’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, 2017; the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award, 2016; and the New Orleans Association of Women Attorneys’ Outstanding Loyola Family Law Clinic Student, 2013.

In her community, she was a member of the CASA Jefferson Event Planning Committee, 2013-18; a Fellow of the Institute of Politics, 2017-18; and a member of the Sigma Kappa Greater New Orleans Alumnae Chapter.

Betty is married to her husband, Thomas J. Maury, Jr., and they are the parents of two sons.

200 Derbigny St Div P Ste 4600
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 365-3384
Fax: (504) 365-3344
Email: bettym@24jdc.us

District Three Representative

Ms. Megan Elizabeth Reaux
Megan E. Réaux is an associate in the Lafayette firm of Hill & Beyer, A.P.L.C. She handles both plaintiff and defense litigation. She received a BA degree, magna cum laude, in English literature and Spanish in 2008 from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and her JD/DCL degree in 2011 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011.

Megan is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Insurance, Tort, Workers’ Compensation and Admiralty Law Section. She is a frequent contributor to the LAFreeLegalAnswers online program.

She is a member of the Lafayette Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice. In 2010, she received the Public Interest Law Society Fellowship for work with Hearts of Hope in Lafayette.

101 La Rue France Ste 502
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: (337) 232-9733
Fax:
Email: mreaux@hillandbeyer.com

District Four Representative

Ms. Elizabeth Fontenot Shea
Elizabeth F. Shea is an associate in the Lake Charles firm of Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, L.L.P. She received a BA degree, summa cum laude, in English literature in 2008 from Louisiana State University and her JD/DCL degree in 2011 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011.

Elizabeth was a member of the 2017-18 Leadership LSBA Class. She co-chaired a High School Mock Trial Regional Competition in 2013 and volunteered for the Wills for Heroes program in 2012 and 2015.

She is a member of the Executive Council for the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (SWLBA) and is a former president of the SWLBA’s Young Lawyers Section. She also is president and a charter member of the SWLBA’s Women’s Section. She was named a “Top Lawyer” by Acadiana Profile Magazine in 2018.

In her community, she is a bimonthly volunteer/server for Abraham’s Tent and an annual volunteer for the Holiday Helping Hands project.

Elizabeth and her husband, Tom Shea, have been married for seven years and have one child.

127 W Broad St Fl 4
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 436-9491
Fax: (337) 312-2918
Email: efshea@ssvcs.com

District Five Representative

Ms. Rachal Cox Cassagne
Rachal Cox Cassagne is a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Greg G. Guidry, Eastern District of Louisiana. She received a BA degree in English in 2011 from Louisiana State University-Shreveport, an MA degree in literary studies in 2013 from Universiteit van Amsterdam and her JD degree, magna cum laude, in 2016 from Southern University Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2016.

Rachal is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Belly Up with the Bar Committee and the Teen Court Committee. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association and an observer with the Louisiana State Law Institute. She participated in Forum 35’s John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Program in 2018.

In her community, she is a member of Rotaract of Baton Rouge and St. Aloysius Church. Rachal and her husband, Craig Cassagne, Jr., have been married for one year.

7611 Ibiza Dr
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Phone: (504) 717-5390
Fax:
Email: rachal_cassagne@laed.uscourts.gov

District Five Representative

Ms. Loren Diane Shanklin
Loren Shanklin Fleshman is a partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Smith Shanklin Sosa, L.L.C. She received a BS degree in secondary education (concentration in history) in 2005 from Louisiana State University and her JD/GDCL in 2010 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Loren participated in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Symposium in 2016 and 2017. She is the 2018 recipient of the YLD’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

She is a former chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s (BRBA) Young Lawyers Section and, since 2019, has served as a director-at-large for the BRBA’s board of directors. She is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice. She received the Volunteers in Public School’s Exceptional Volunteer Award in 2006 while she was a teacher and program coordinator of an after-school program. In 2010, she was recognized for volunteering more than 100 hours of pro bono services.

In her community, she is involved in the K.I.D.S. (Karing is Doing Something) Program and is a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church.

Loren and her husband, David C. Fleshman, have been married for five years and are the parents of three children.

16851 Jefferson Hwy Ste 7C
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Phone: (225) 223-6333
Fax: (888) 413-8345
Email: loren@smithshanklin.com

District Six Representative

Mr. Joshua Joy Dara Jr
Joshua J. Dara, Jr. is an associate in the Alexandria firm of Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell, A.P.L.C. He received a BS degree in finance in 2010 from Louisiana State University and a JD/GDCL degree in 2014 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Josh is a member of the Crossroads American Inn of Court of Alexandria/Pineville, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Alexandria Bar Association. He recently served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Pineville.

In law school, he was a member of the Christian Legal Society and the Black Law Students Association. He also received recognition for outstanding advocacy skills in LSU’s NITA Trial Advocacy Program.

Josh and his wife, Aziza Dara, have been married for four years.

2001 MacArthur Dr
Alexandria, LA 71301
Phone: (318) 730-1047
Fax:
Email: jdara@goldweems.com

District Seven Representative

Ms. Ana Lynette Gregory
Ana Lynette Gregory is the owner of The Gregory Law Firm in Monroe and provides legal services in and around northeast Louisiana. Her practice areas include plaintiff personal injury, automobile accidents and injuries, family law, child custody, divorce, civil litigation, wills and successions.

She received her BA degree in 2011 from the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where she founded the Pre-Law Association. She earned her JD degree in 2014 from Southern University Law Center, where she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Louisiana Association for Justice. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Lynette and her husband, Tyler Eldridge, are expecting the first child this summer.

3006 Armand St
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: (318) 281-6364
Fax: (318) 319-0163
Email: law@thegregoryfirm.com

District Eight Representative

Mr. Joshua K Williams
Joshua K. Williams is a sole practitioner with Joshua K. Williams Attorney at Law, L.L.C., in Shreveport. He handles plaintiffs’ injury work. He received a BS degree in business in 2009 from the University of New Orleans and his JD degree in 2013 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Joshua was a member of the 2016-17 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He was recognized by SB Magazine as a “Top Attorney” in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

He and his wife Samerrial have been married for three years.

9284 Linwood Ave
Shreveport, LA 71106
Phone: (318) 562-1140
Fax: (318) 562-1141
Email: jwilliams@shreveportcomplawyer.com

At-Large Representative

Ms. Senae Deneal Hall
Senae D. Hall is an assistant district attorney in the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport. She also is the Human Trafficking Victims Diversion coordinator. She received a BA degree in mass communications in 2008 from Dillard University and her JD degree in 2011 from Southern University Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011.

Senae was a member of the 2018-19 Leadership LSBA Class and a member of the Class Awards Committee. She also volunteered as a mock trial competition judge from 2017-20.

She is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and the Harry V. Booth/Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court. She is currently the Social Media chair for the Shreveport Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section.

She was recognized as the Teen Court Volunteer of the Year in 2018 and the Abounding Faith Temple Youth Leader Volunteer of the Year in 2017. She was featured as the February 2019 Member Spotlight by the Shreveport Bar Association Women’s Division and was a 2019 panelist for Macy’s Black History Month Historical Black Colleges and Universities Program.

501 Texas St
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 226-6829
Fax:

YLD Representative to the ABA House of Delegates

Ms. Megan Sara Peterson
Megan S. Peterson is a partner at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, L.L.P., in New Orleans, where she represents local, regional and national clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Although she handles a variety of civil litigation matters, her practice focuses on defense of clients in the retail, restaurant, hospitality, trucking and transportation industries. She is licensed in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Megan received her BA degree in political science and business administration from Louisiana State University, where she was a member of Student Government and several honor societies, including Mortar Board and Pi Sigma Alpha. She earned her JD degree, magna cum laude, from Loyola University College of Law and was honored as a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar. While at Loyola, she served as print managing editor of the Loyola Law Review, participated in Moot Court and received recognition for excellence in several courses. She also studied cultural property and arts law in Siena, Italy, with Tulane University Law School. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011 and also is licensed in Mississippi.

She is a member of the Defense Research Institute, serving on the steering committees for both the Young Lawyers Division and the Retail and Hospitality Committee. She is active in the American Bar Association, serving as a Louisiana delegate in the Young Lawyers Division and now as the LSBA Young Lawyers representative in the House of Delegates. She is a former president of the Association for Women Attorneys and has consistently been selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in civil litigation defense since 2014.

Megan and her husband, Matt McCluer, have been married for seven years and are the parents of one child.

1100 Poydras St Fl 30
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: (504) 569-2030
Fax: (504) 569-2999
Email: meganp@spsr-law.com

ABA YLD Representative

Mr. Thomas C Wicker IV
Thomas C. (T.C.) Wicker IV is an associate in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP. He received a BA degree, cum laude, in English and government in 2012 from Georgetown University and his JD degree, cum laude, and certificate in civil law in 2017 from Tulane University. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in March 2018.

T.C. was a member of the 2019-20 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

In his community, he is a member of the Georgetown Club of New Orleans and the ForeKids Foundation and is a Teach for America alumnus.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 5100
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-8150
Fax: (504) 589-8150
Email: twicker@joneswalker.com
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