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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


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. 


LSBA YLD Award Nomination Period is Now Closed; Thanks to All Submitting Nominations!
The LSBA Young Lawyers Division award nomination period is now closed. All finalists for the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award, the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Outstanding Local Affiliate Award, the Program of the Year Award and the YLD Pro Bono Award will be notified by November 15. The award winners will be announced during the Young Lawyers Conference lunch on January 17, 2020, held in conjunction with the LSBA Midyear Meeting at the Renaissance Baton Rouge Hotel. Award descriptions are listed below.

Outstanding Young Lawyer Award: This award is given to a young lawyer who has made exceptional contributions to  the legal profession and their community.

Outstanding Local Affiliate: This award is given to a local affiliate organization that has impacted the lives of young lawyers in an outstanding way.

Program of the Year: This award is given to an organization (bar association, firm, or other entity) that has implemented an outstanding program or service that serves the public or the profession and enhances the lives of young lawyers or was primarily planned by young lawyer(s).

Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award: This award is given to a young lawyer for commitment and dedication to upholding the quality and integrity of the legal profession and consideration towards peers and the general public.

YLD Pro Bono Award:This award is given to a young lawyer for commitment and dedication to providing pro bono services in his/her community or the state at large

Click here for a list of the 2018-19 YLD Award winners and finalists.

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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