January 09, 2020
Taylor Porter Partner Erin Sayes Kenny was installed as the 2020 Chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. The installation ceremony and reception was held on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, in front of Chief Judge Shelly Dick, and judges Brian Jackson, John deGravelles, Richard Bourgeois and Erin Wilder-Doomes.
Kenny will serve in her sixth year as a YLSC member. She has served on the BRBA Volunteer Committee since 2011, and on the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation’s Holiday Star Project Committee since 2014.
The Baton Rouge Bar Association, serving the legal profession and the public for 90 years and one of the largest voluntary bar associations in the State of Louisiana with more than 2,500 lawyers, defines a young lawyer as an attorney that has not reached their 39th birthday or that has been practicing less than 5 years, whichever is later. The YLS coordinates and implements new membership in the Baton Rouge Bar Association; promotes professional and social understanding and cooperation among young and recently admitted lawyers; motivates present membership to become active in the Section’s membership; identifies the sectors of the membership which are under-represented or relatively inactive; and coordinates and implements an annual new member reception and orientation with a high level of participation from the Section, the Judiciary and other invited members of the BRBA. The YLS Section sponsors events throughout the year, such as Thirsty Thursdays and Sidebar Luncheons; Summer Sizzlin’ CLE and Cocktails with the Court; YLS annual luncheon; and Holiday Star Project. The governing body of the section is the Young Lawyers Section Council consisting of 3 officers and 5 at-large members, all of whom are to be elected.
At Taylor Porter, Kenny is a key member of the Taylor Porter alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues practice. Kenny represents national and local companies in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels and retail stores, with an emphasis in alcoholic beverage licensing, compliance and enforcement issues. She is an active member of industry organizations, including the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, and she represents Taylor Porter at annual conferences to connect with national industry leaders. She also maintains a varied state and federal civil litigation and appellate practice, with an emphasis in commercial and tort litigation, including insurance defense and insurance coverage cases.
In 2019, Kenny became the first Baton Rouge lawyer to receive the honor of “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers,” bestowed by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The distinction provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service. Kenny has been named by her peers among the Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and among the Best Lawyers in America.
Within the firm, Kenny currently serves as co-chair of the Recruiting Committee. Kenny is a former board member for the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and has been a member of the LADC Young Lawyers Committee since 2016. The LADC Young Lawyers Committee helps younger lawyers gain exposure to their fields of interest through seminars and social events with other more experienced lawyers and judges across the state. In 2015, the LADC recognized Kenny as a Finalist for the Frank L. Maraist Award for outstanding contribution to the legal profession and education. Through the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Holiday Star Project, Kenny has participated as the liaison for Taylor Porter to collect and distribute Christmas gifts for local children in need. Additionally, Kenny serves the community as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. Since 2011, she has helped the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge raise more than $500,000 through the annual Steak & Stake fundraiser, impacting the lives of the more than 1,200 youth that the Club serves annually across the greater Baton Rouge area.
Kenny earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, and she received her B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Political Science, summa cum laude, from LSU.