This year the Bethard & Bethard Law Firm is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The law firm was founded by Henry W Bethard, Jr. (pictured above) who graduated from Loyola Law School and upon his graduation, he was the youngest person to ever graduate from Loyola Law School. He went back to his hometown of Harrisonburg in Catahoula Parish where he became the editor of the local newspaper and the mayor of that town. At the time, he was the youngest editor of a newspaper and the youngest mayor in the nation.
He was aware of the oil boom in Red River Parish due to the discovery of the Red River Bull Bayou Oil Field and in 1922, he moved to Coushatta and began practicing law. In 1948 his son Henry W Bethard, III joined the law firm. Today the partners in the law firm are Jim and Robert Bethard, grandsons of the founder, and great grandsons Henry (V) and Ben Bethard. Great granddaughter Kambrie Bethard plans to join the firm upon her graduation from Loyola Law School in 2023. Associates in the firm are Matt Kelley, Jordan Young and Adam Massery.
Bethard & Bethard has locations in Coushatta and Shreveport. The official celebration will be held at Myrtle Hill Plantation in DeSoto Parish on December 16 and will be attended by present and past lawyers and employees associated with the firm.