Rebecca Indest

Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal


BRBA: Tell us about your education.  

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Psychology and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University. I received a Juris Doctor and Diploma of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.  

BRBA: Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Baton Rouge. I’ve never lived anywhere else unless you count the LSU in Lyon program where I lived in Lyon for two months while also traveling to other places in Europe. 

BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice? 

I am a Research Attorney/Law Clerk to Chief Judge Vanessa Guidry-Whipple at the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. 

BRBA: Why did you want to become an attorney? 

I’ve been asked that question numerous times over the years and I never feel like I give a great answer because, for as long as I can remember, I’ve just always wanted to become an attorney. I’ve always enjoyed reading, writing, and analytical thinking. I also enjoy viewing the law as a problem that needs to be worked through and solved.  

BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?  

I would be an event planner. I really enjoy being able to plan an event from the beginning and watch my vision and plans come to fruition, creating an enjoyable event for everyone involved. 

BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school? 

Law school is about more than books and studying. You have to be able to find that balance of studying, involvement in clubs and organizations, and a life completely outside of school. But always remember that everyone in law school is in the same boat as you – come together and help each other through. 

BRBA: Are you involved with the BRBA? If so, how?

I’ve recently become involved with the BRBA. I am a member of the Law Day and Mock Trial Committees. I also try to volunteer to help with the various competitions and youth/community outreach programs that the BRBA participates in. 

BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA? 

I’ve always enjoyed being able to volunteer. In law school, I was involved with the Public Interest Law Society, in particular Street Law, so after school, I began looking for other ways to get involved in the community. 

BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event? 

Belly Up with the Bar and Cocktails with the Court because they are both great events that allow you to meet other people in the area. They really bring the Baton Rouge legal community together. 

BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?  

I am often a volunteer judge for the LSU Board of Advocates competitions. 

BRBA: What is the best piece of advice you have received? 

If you’ve never made a mistake, you’ve never tried anything new. 

BRBA: What are your leisure activities? 

Going to LSU sporting events, playing soccer, reading books, and visiting places I have never been before. 

BRBA: What is the last book that you read? 

Where the Crawdads Sing
by Delia Owens for a book club my friends and I started. 

BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself. 

My grandmother was Lebanese. We have grape leaf vines in all of our backyards and make our own stuffed grape leaves. In Arabic they are called “Warak Enab.”

If you would like to contact Rebecca, her email address is

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