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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

Mr. Scott Lehman 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.

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

Chair-Elect

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 served as the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council secretary in 2018-19 and as District 5 representative from 2015-18. She was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class. She co-chaired the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition, served as the Professional Development Seminar coordinator, chaired the Bridging the Gap Committee, served on the Awards Committee, and helped plan the inaugural Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and the LSBA Budget Committee.

She is a member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, which she chaired in 2017. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit. She also serves on the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Capital Area Community Partnership Panel.

In her community, she is a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. Carrie and her husband, Aaron Jones, have been married for eight 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

Secretary

Mr. Graham Harris Ryan
Graham H. Ryan is a partner in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP where he represents businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation, appeals and dispute resolution. 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 dispute resolution program.

Graham previously served on the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Council 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 was honored as a “Top 40 Young Lawyer” nationally by the ABA. 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.

In his community, he is a commissioner for the Lakeview Crime Prevention District (New Orleans) 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 to the homeless and veterans at the Father Harry Tompson Rebuild Center in New Orleans.

Graham and his wife Erin live in Lakeview, New Orleans, with their son.

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

Immediate Past Chair

Ms. Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley
Dylan T. Thriffiley is assistant vice president of compliance 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 in 2018-19, chair-elect in 2017-18, secretary in 2016-17 and as a District 1 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 served 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 seven years and are the parents of two children.

Compliance and Privacy
1450 Poydras St Ste 100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 842-9323
Fax:
Email: dylan.thriffiley@ochsner.org

District One Representative

Mr. Randy James Marse Jr
Randy J. (R.J.) Marse, Jr. is an associate in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, A.P.L.C. He received his undergraduate degree in 2000 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2012 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2012.

R.J. is a member of the Federal Bar Association. He was recognized as Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2017-19 for commercial and maritime litigation.

He and his wife Courtney have been married for nearly six years and have one daughter.

701 Poydras St Ste 5000
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: (504) 581-7979
Fax:
Email: rjmarse@liskow.com

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. 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.

Kristen is a member of the Federal Bar Association (New Orleans Chapter) Younger Lawyers Division board and a member of the Association of Women Attorneys.

She and Nancia Sterling have been married for five months.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 4600
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 556-5523
Fax: (504) 586-5250
Email: kamond@fishmanhaygood.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 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 University Law School, teaching pre-trial litigation skills during the Boot Camp and Trial Advocacy.

She is currently serving her second term 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, is chair of the House of Delegates Liaison Committee and is secretary of the Civil Law and Litigation Section. She was elected to the 2019 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 served a term as the representative at large for the Jefferson Bar Association and was re-elected for a second term for 2019. She is a frequent presenter of CLE topics and has been presenting 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 University 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 in 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 2018-19 Leadership LSBA Class and was a member of the 2017-18 Leadership LSBA Class. She is the Region 4 Louisiana High School Mock Trial Competition coordinator (2017-19).

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 Young Lawyers Division’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 and her husband, Thomas J. Maury, Jr., have been married for 15 years and are the parents of two children.

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 maritime defense litigation and employment discrimination plaintiff 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 six years and are expecting their first child in June 2019.

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. 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 Young Lawyers Section and 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 two children.

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

District Five Representative

Ms. Rachal Cox Cassagne
Rachal Cox Cassagne is an associate in commercial litigation in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. 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 American Bar Association and the Junior League of Baton Rouge and is 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 and serves on the board of the Charles W. Lamar, Jr. YMCA.

Rachal and her husband, Craig Cassagne, Jr., were recently married.

500 Poydras St Rm C556
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 717-5390
Fax:
Email: rachal_cassagne@laed.uscourts.gov

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 2010 from Louisiana State University and his JD/GDCL degree in 2014 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Joshua 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 is president-elect 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 was recognized for outstanding advocacy skills in LSU’s NITA Trial Advocacy Program.

He and his wife, Aziza Dara, have been married for three years.

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

District Seven Representative

Mr. Russell Alan Woodard Jr
Russell A. Woodard, Jr. is a sole practitioner in the Law Offices of Russell A. Woodard, Jr., L.L.C., in Ruston. He received an undergraduate degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2011 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2011. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.

In law school, Russell finished first in legal writing and was a member of LSU’s Sports Law Moot Court team. He also competed in LSU’s annual Flory Trial Competition, finishing second place overall.

In his community, he has coached youth baseball and football for several years and has served in a leadership role with youth sports organizations.

Russell is engaged to Gabrielle Benedetto and they will marry in September 2019.

114 N Trenton St
Ruston, LA 71270
Phone: (318) 366-5963
Fax: (318) 255-4897
Email: raw@therawlaw.com

District Eight Representative

Mr. Joshua K Williams
Joshua K. Williams is an assistant district attorney in the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office in Shreveport. 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 and 2018.

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

2221 Jewella Ave Ste A
Shreveport, LA 71109
Phone: (318) 422-4145
Fax:
Email: jwilliams@caddoda.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 is a member of the 2018-19 Leadership LSBA Class and is a member of the Class Awards Committee. She also volunteered as a mock trial competition judge in 2017 and 2018.

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 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 the 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. Valerie Elizabeth Fontenot
Valerie E. Fontenot is an associate in the New Orleans firm of Frilot, L.L.C. She received a BA degree in 2007 from Tulane University; a master of public health degree, magna cum laude, in 2009 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Public Health; and her JD/DCL degree, cum laude, in 2013 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2013.

Valerie serves in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and is a member of the Diversity Committee. She is a member of the 2018-19 Leadership LSBA Class.

She is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC) and chairs the Young Lawyers Committee. She is a member of the Defense Research Institute and its Diversity Committee. She is serving as vice president of internal communications for the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.

She received the 2015 and 2016 Chair’s Award presented by the LADC’s Young Lawyers Committee. She also is a Fellow of the Institute of Politics. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Omicron Lambda Omega Chapter, and chairs the annual career luncheon.

1100 Poydras St Ste 3700
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: (504) 599-2900
Fax: (504) 599-8295
Email: vfontenot@frilot.com

ABA YLD Representative

Ms. Danielle Lauren Borel
Danielle L. Borel is a commercial litigation and healthcare litigation associate 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 is a member of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 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 March 2019 and as an ABA Young Lawyers Division Star of the Quarter in spring and fall 2017. 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).

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

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