Young Lawyers Division


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
LSBA Members, Bar Associations Honored with 2016 Young Lawyers Division Awards

Six LSBA members and two local bar associations received 2016 LSBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) awards, presented by 2015-16 YLD Chair Erin O. Braud and other YLD Council members during a June 8 ceremony, held in conjunction with the LSBA’s Annual Meeting.

Alysson L. Mills of New Orleans received the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

Graham H. Ryan of New Orleans received the Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award.

Kas L. Hargis of Houma received the Chair’s Special Award.
Carrie L. Jones of Baton Rouge received the Chair’s Special Award.

Judge Karelia R. Stewart of Shreveport received the Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award.

Dwazendra J. Smith of Opelousas received the Pro Bono Award.

The Lafayette Young Lawyers Association received the Service to the Public Award for its Holiday Giving Program.

The Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section received the Service to the Bar Award for its Angola Road Trip and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program.


Zachary High School Mock Trial Team Wins 2016 State High School Mock Trial Competition

The mock trial team from Zachary High School in Zachary was named the winner of the 2016 Richard N. Ware IV State High School Mock Trial Competition, conducted March 12 in Baton Rouge.

Runner-up in the state competition was the team from West Feliciana High School in St. Francisville.

The “Best Attorney” Award was presented to Catherine McKinney from West Feliciana High School.

The “Best Witness” Award was presented to Aleya Domingue from Northside High School in Lafayette.

The state competition is the culmination of eight regional championships. Also winning regional championships were teams from Caddo Parish Magnet High School, Shreveport; Early College Academy, Lafayette; Jesuit High School, New Orleans; Louise S. McGehee School, New Orleans; Northside High School, Lafayette; and West Monroe High School, West Monroe.

The State High School Mock Trial Competition is coordinated annually by the LSBA's Young Lawyers Division. This year’s state case involved a vehicle-related wrongful death suit, Charlie Winters v. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.


  • To review a list of past Louisiana state champions, click here.

Volunteer for a YLD Committee


Serve the public and the profession by getting involved with an LSBA YLD committee! YLD committee assignment requests are now being accepted for the 2015-16 Bar year. Volunteer with amazing projects like Wills for Heroes and Barristers for Boards, or leave your mark on the profession through impactful committees like Bridging the Gap and Minority Involvement.

Committee descriptions are available here.
The YLD Committee Sign-Up Form is available here.
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