Cook Yancey in the Community


Cook Yancey at Christmas Market

cook-smbEach year Common Ground holds a Christmas Market offering families pride, hope and dignity.   Cook Yancey employees enjoy being helpers at this shopping event.

Volunteers price the donated items so that nothing exceeds $5.00.  Friends from Cedar Grove come and purchase nice presents at affordable prices  for their families

All the presents are donated, and the children buy gifts for their parents as well as parents buying gifts for their children.

Breakfast is provided while the shoppers await their turn.  The helpers assist with gift selection, purchase and wrapping too. It is a one stop shop for great gifts at a good value, and lots of fun too.  

New Director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet

Heidi York Gerkin has been selected as the new executive director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet.

Drew Lambert, attorney at Cook Yancey, proudly serves on the board of directors for the SMB.

Drew and Heidi met recently to work out details for the fundraiser, Ballet after Dark, sponsored by Cook Yancey.

Please join the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet for a Ballet After Dark wine tasting fundraiser on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 6-9 pm at Wine Country Bistro, 4801 Line Avenue.  Tickets are $40/person (or $25 without wine) and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting.  All wines in the tasting will be available for purchase and will make great gifts for friends or clients for the holidays!  Ticket sales and a portion of the proceeds of the wine sales will benefit SMB.   To purchase tickets please call 318-221-8500 or buy online at  Please purchase tickets by November 9th to ensure a reservation.

Cook Yancey teams with MLK Health Center

The wellness staff from MLK provided a Health Fair to employees at Cook Yancey.  This free service was a way of giving back, and rewarded the participants at the end of the United Way Pacesetter drive at Cook Yancey.  The law firm enjoyed this united effort with MLK. John Kalmbach, attorney at Cook Yancey, serves as board president for MLK Health.


October 21st, Presentation about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

On Oct. 21,  Veronica Morgan gave a presentation about Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer  to “all hands” at the 11th Battalion Military Entrance Processing Center (Shreveport MEPS).  Their 11th BN Commanding Col. And Sgt. Major were also in attendance and spoke.   Veronica is a survivor, and a former paralegal at Cook Yancey.

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Cook Yancey employees participated in the Run or Dye Shreveport 5K Race on September 7th. Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana Inc, partnered with the Run or Dye.

Run or Dye is an exciting 5K event where you get blasted with safe, eco-friendly, powdered dye…turning you into a technicolor canvas of fun.

This event allowed Cook Yancey to show our true colors!



February 2013- The annual Go Red event for American Heart Association was attended by Edie Cummings of BioMed and Candace Spinks of Cook Yancey( pictured), as well as attorney Elizabeth Carmody.


Candace Spinks, of Cook Yancey and Steve Rogers, affiliated with the Bossier Chamber, at the Chairman’s Reception of the Bossier Chamber Annual Meeting and Gala



L- R Candace Spinks of Cook Yancey presents a check to Shelly Taylor, President & CEO, in appreciation for the artwork provided to the firm.


Continuing the Cook Yancey tradition of donating to a local non-profit at Christmas, a check is presented to LAB, Louisiana Association of the Blind.

Shelly Taylor, President & CEO of LAB receives the donation with a big smile. LAB provided the artwork for the Cook Yancey Christmas art contest, and a design by Mattie Johnson was selected for the firm card.

December,2012- Candace Spinks, Cook Yancey Marketing Director, presents checks to the River Cities 2012 award recipients.


Janet Parker, of the Goldman School and Shonda Houston Dotie of Volunteers for Youth Justice received the donation at the Christmas Party.

Volunteers for Youth Justice founded GEMS in 2003 to offer girls involved in the justice system with a forum where they could be influenced by positive adult women and exposed to life skills training. The GEMS program tries to show the girls that they are valuable and have the potential to reach their goals. Volunteer mentors assist in group discussions at twice-monthly workshops on social topics. In addition, GEMS offers opportunities for the girls to participate in cultural and community service opportunities.

Goldman School and Child Development Center, operated by the ARC Caddo-Bossier, provides the only childcare available in the community for children with significant special needs and for children who are deemed medically fragile. It is an accepted site for early intervention services through Louisiana’s Early Steps program which offers physical, occupational, speech and other specialized therapies prescribed to children identified as needing them.

December,2012- Two Cook Yancey employees graduate together from Louisiana State University, Shreveport.



Charlisa Brown and Christina Bello celebrate turning the tassell together at the December ceremony. Charlisa earned a B.S. in Biology and Christina was awarded a B.A. in Social Sciences. Congrats to both, from your friends at Cook Yancey!

April, 2012 – Cook Yancey team volunteers for the Great American Cleanup

Cook-Yancey-teamCook-Yancey-team1Staff members from Cook Yancey formed a clean-up team, and volunteered a Saturday morning to work in the new cultural district downtown. Shreveport Common, Texas Avenue Association and Shreveport Green got national attention as one of only 8 cities selected by the Keep America Beautiful, Great American Cleanup national media showcase. The team of 15 included some children of Cook Yancey employees. They did a great job, and the effort was an overall success. The spirit of service is to be commended. IMG_4170 IMG_0652 IMG_0962 IMG_2544

Pro Bono

Cook Yancey has a commitment to Pro Bono. Our attorneys are encouraged to participate in pro bono and civic activities, backed by the support of the firm. Also, we are involved in the Pro Bono Project, which gives central coordination of services to those in need.

Read about Cook Yancey’s Pro Bono work.

Community Involvement

Cook Yancey as a firm is involved in our community in which we live and work. Individually, our attorneys commit their time and resources to many non-profit, charitable, governmental, professional and civic organizations. The involvements include serving on boards and commissions, donating to and organizing project donations, teaching classes and being active members and officers.

Some of these worthy causes are; United Way, YMCA, Volunteers of America, MLK Health Center, The Independence Bowl, Shreveport Regional Arts Council & Christus Schumpert Health and Centenary’s Family Owned Business program.

Read about Cook Yancey’s Community involvement.