Member Spotlight: Jaclyn Bacon
Get to know Jaclyn Bacon, 2018-2019 Young Lawyers Section PresidentAbout Jaclyn Bacon
Jaclyn Bridges Bacon is from Minden, Louisiana. She is currently an attorney at NeunerPate with a focus on general insurance defense, workers' compensation, and employment law. Jaclyn is the 2018-2019 Lafayette Bar Association Young Lawyers Section President.
Jaclyn completed her undergraduate studies at LSU in Baton Rouge with a B.S. in Finance with a concentration in Internal Audit and a minor in English. She attended law school at LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center with a J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law. Her inspiration for entering the legal field came from her passion for her studies, “I wanted to pursue a profession that would allow me to use my business acumen and writing skills while allowing me to have regular interaction with clients from an array of industries, in addition to members of my community through service activities. I also wanted to have a career in law to have opportunities for exposure to a variety of types of work using my legal education and experience.”
In addition to her new role as President of the Young Lawyers Section for the 2018-2019 term, she is also currently serving as the President of the John M. Duhe, Jr. Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She has been involved in the Lafayette-Acadiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for several years, and she is the chapter's current Immediate Past President. She is a member of the 705 Young Leaders of Acadiana and previously served on its executive board. She is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Lafayette Class XXVII and presently a member of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Krewe and the United Way of Acadiana's Women's Leadership Counsel. She also enjoys letting the good times roll as a member of the Krewe of Bonaparte and playing league tennis in Lafayette.
In the early stages of her law career, Jaclyn was a judicial clerk for the Hon. Ellis J. Daigle (Ret.) in the 27thJDC. He continues to be an inspiration to her: “During my two-year clerkship with Judge Daigle, he showed me how to be objective while showing compassion towards people from all walks of life in circumstances which are often foreign to them in navigating the legal system. He always strived to be fair and took seriously a judge's obligation apply the law to the case at hand, even if he sometimes wished the ultimate result to be different. He allowed me to be very involved in the behind the scenes preparations for court proceedings, observing the live hearings, and then engaging in discussions about how he would approach his rulings. The exposure to court proceedings which I gained through this judicial clerkship have proven to be invaluable in my legal career, but the high level of professionalism and grace which I observed in Judge Daigle's court and chambers instilled in me the importance of those qualities in both my work and personal life.”
You might be surprised to learn that Jaclyn is the first attorney in her extended family, and that her favorite color is green and her staple favorite foods are gourmet pizza and sushi. The three things she cannot live without include her family, her calendar, and “liquid fuel” (also known as coffee and wine). When she's not in the office, she likes to de-stress by exercising at Red's, playing tennis, and riding bikes. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Kirk, and/or friends at one of Lafayette's many delicious restaurants, a live music show, and art exhibit, festival, a non-profit function around town, and LSU football games.
When asked what advice she would give to new attorneys, Jaclyn said:
“To get involved in the legal community outside of your office early on and gain exposure to court proceedings by volunteering for pro bono cases and/or asking attorneys you know who have court appearances to shadow him or her. Observing other attorneys on rule days or during trials is a great way to take mental notes of do's and don'ts for when you do have the opportunity for an independent court appearance.”
Jaclyn will be installed as the 2018-2019 Young Lawyers Section President during the YLS Installation of Officers Banquet on Thursday, August 2, 2018. The evening will begin at 5:30p.m. at La Fonda's Restaurant, located at 3809 Johnston Street, Lafayette, LA 70503. Admission is $20 per person, and you may register to attend by clicking here.