Catherine S. Giering
BRBA: Tell us about your education.
I graduated from Winnsboro High School in 1992. I majored in English with minors in Russian and Business Administration at LSU, graduating in 1996. I then attended LSU Law School from 1996-1999.
BRBA: Why did you want to become an attorney?
All aptitude testing listed law as a profession for which I was well-suited. My family and teachers frequently suggested the law as I was growing up.
BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?
Definitely in the health/fitness/wellness field.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
That taking a year off between undergrad and law school and working with a variety of lawyers would be invaluable insight as to a specific type of law to practice and to see what a typical day looks like practicing law.
BRBA: How are you involved with the BRBA?
I was elected to the Young Lawyers Council for many years, eventually serving as the chair of that committee. After taking a few years to serve the community through other organizations, I recently returned as a co-chair of the Bench Bar Conference at the invitation of Amy Lambert.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
From my first days as a practicing lawyer with Laborde & Neuner (now NeunerPate), I was taught the importance and value of giving back to our profession and local bar.
BRBA: What is in store for Bench Bar attendees this year?
Great fun with milder temperatures and exciting CLEs. The Baton Rouge Bench Bar Conference is undoubtedly one of the best ways to socialize with our fellow lawyers and judges and earn CLE credits.
BRBA: When and where is the Bench Bar taking place this year?
April 4-7, 2019 at The Grand in Point Clear. No, this is not any school’s Spring Break, but it will be a lovely Spring weekend and a quick drive to beautiful Point Clear, Alabama.
BRBA: What advice would you give to new attorneys?
Find a good mentor; put in the hard work; accept any and every opportunity that is presented to you; get involved in your bar and community; and present yourself as a professional and in keeping with our Code of Professionalism at all times.
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
Yes. I am currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Woman’s Hospital, and I am serving on the Board of Directors for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. I am also serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for the LSU Rural Life Museum, a member of the Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council, and the Vice Chair of the University Laboratory School Cub Club. As a past president of the Jr. League of Baton Rouge, I strive to continually support that organization’s work in our community.
BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event?
Bench Bar Conference
BRBA: What are your leisure activities?
Walking/running the LSU Lakes; various fitness classes around town; food, wine and travel; and enjoying all of the activities that our children are participating in.
BRBA: What is the last book that you read?
I recently re-read the New Testament of the Bible, and I am currently re-reading Good to Great.
BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I studied the Russian language in high school and college and lived in a small town outside of Moscow in 1990, just before the coup.
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