Young Lawyers Section

The Young Lawyers Section of the Shreveport Bar Association is open to attorneys age 40 and under or those who have been practicing law for five years or less.  Notices of events are posted in the Shreveport Bar Association’s publication, The Bar Review, on the YLS Facebook Page, as well as emailed to all YLS members.  If you are interested in receiving email updates & notices of events, please email

Upcoming Events:


Some of our annual events & projects include:

Networking Socials

YLS hosts bimonthly socials at local eateries that are sponsored by local businesses and law firms. These events provide YLS members the opportunity to make business and social connections with other attorneys in the Shreveport-Bossier area, as well as share ideas, activities, and interests with YLS.

Teen Court

Teen Court is a diversion program for first time juvenile offenders sponsored by Volunteers for Youth Justice. Members of the Young Lawyer’s Section volunteer to act as judges and attorney coaches to assist students participating in Teen Court.  Members also help to judge an annual Law Week essay contest that is open to all high school students.

Seminar for New Attorneys

The Young Lawyer’s coordinate an annual seminar for newly admitted attorneys, which includes presentations by local Judges, attorneys, and other court personnel to provide practical advice on practicing law. The seminar is followed by a luncheon, formal introduction to the Court, and a party that evening.  It is held in conjunction with the Shreveport Bar Association’s Annual Memorial & Recognition Ceremony.


thomas-pressly Thomas A Pressly IV
Wilkinson, Carmody & Gilliam
400 Travis Street, Suite 1700
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101
Phone: (318) 221-4196
Fax: (318) 221-3705

Vice President

Gahagan Pugh Gahagan Pugh, III
Pugh, Pugh & Pugh, L.L.P.
333 Texas Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 227-2270
Fax: (318) 227-2273


shanerika-flemings Shanerika Flemings
Second Circuit Court of Appeal
430 Fannin Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 227-3742
Fax: (318) 227-3002


DeLatte, Valerie Valerie DeLatte
Second Circuit Court of Appeal
430 Fannin Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 227-3732
Fax: (318) 227-3708

Immediate Past President

Thaxton Luke Travis (Luke) Thaxton
The Thaxton Law Firm
8805 Line Avenue Suite 200
Shreveport, LA 71106
Phone: (318) 703-2681
Fax: (318) 222-5289