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The purpose of the Young Lawyers Division is to foster discussions and interchange of ideas relative to the duties, responsibilities and problems of the younger members of the legal profession in the State of Louisiana; to aid in their advancement; to encourage their interest and participation in the activities of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and, in general, to further the purposes and objectives of the LSBA. This site is a public service of the LSBA-YLD Council, providing YLD information to the public, communicating with YLD members.

Latest News and Developments

2020 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition

The 2020 Richard N. Ware, IV State High School Mock Trial Competition is scheduled for March 21, 2020. The event will take place at the 23rd Judicial District Court (828 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales).

The State High School Mock Trial Competition is the culmination of four regional championships. All schools within the State of Louisiana, whether public or private, are eligible to field teams at the regional level of the High School Mock Trial Competition. The top two (2) teams from each of the four regions are permitted to advance to the State Competition.

The competition is coordinated annually by the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division. It is named in memory of the Honorable Richard N. Ware, IV, who enthusiastically volunteered for nearly a decade as the presiding judge of the final round of the Louisiana High School Mock Trial Competition. This year’s state case, State of Louisiana VS. Kerry Burton, was written by members of the University of Louisiana-Monroe Mock Trial Team.

Click here for the 2020 High School Mock Trial Handbook.

Click here for the 2020 High School Mock Trial Problem.

Click here for the Rules of Evidence

Recap: Louisiana Young Lawyers' Conference 2020
Read more about the event in the February/March 2020 Louisiana Bar Journal. Click here to access the information.

Wills for Heroes Program Offers Legal Help and “Peace of Mind” to First Responders
Read more about the program in the October/November 2019 Louisiana Bar Journal. Click here to access the article. 

2019-20 LSBA Young Lawyers Division Award Finalists and Winners Announced
The 2019-20 LSBA Young Lawyers Division Awards were presented on January 17 in conjunction with the 2020 LSBA Midyear Meeting. The awards were presented by 2019-2020 YLD Council Chair Scott L. Sternberg during the Louisiana Young Lawyers Conference: "Your Practice, Your Future." 

Outstanding Program of the Year Award
Winner: Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. & Dillard University: 
Pre-Law Mock Trial Summer Camp 
Finalists: Baton Rouge Bar Association: Sidebar Luncheon Series; New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division- "Landmark Cases Project"

Outstanding Local Affiliate Award
Winner: Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Finalists: Jefferson Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division

Pro Bono Award
Winner: Brett D. Sandifer, Baton Rouge
Finalists: Eric A. Foley, New Orleans

The Honorable Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award
Winner: Ashley J. Heilprin, New Orleans
Finalists: Chelsea G. Caswell, Baton Rouge; Druit G. Gremillion, Jr., Baton Rouge

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Winner: Micah C. Zeno, New Orleans
Finalists: Joseph J. Cefalu III, Baton Rouge; Eric A. Foley, New Orleans; Teresa D. King, Houma; Keith J. Naccari, New Orleans

Are you a Young Lawyer in Louisiana? Find out how to get involved in the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division! 

Network, meet other young lawyers or members of the bar, and work on events and committees. To get involved, click here.


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