Young Lawyers


The purpose of the CBA Young Lawyers Section is to stimulate the interest of young lawyers and new members of the Cincinnati Bar Association in the objectives of the Association, to carry on activities which will be of assistance to young lawyers, to educate and inform the legal community and to provide community service opportunities for its members. Learn More

A Message from the Chair

Amy E. Pennekamp

I am honored and excited to be the 2015-2016 YLS Chair.  I would like to acknowledge and thank outgoing Chair Alison De Villiers for her many years of service to the YLS.  Alison has been very active with the YLS since she graduated from law school.  Before serving on the Executive Board, she served as Co-Chair of the Social Committee.  Along with Jason Abeln, Alison was instrumental in organizing the Run for Kids for many years.  The YLS will miss Alison!

I have been involved with the YLS since I graduated from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University in 2006.  Born and raised in Cincinnati, I went to Ursuline Academy and received my B.S.B.A. in Finance from Xavier University in 2003.  I am a stereotypical Cincinnatian who never leaves! Before serving on the Executive Board, I served as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.  So far, my entire legal career has been with the William E. Hesch Law Firm, LLC, located in Oakley Square.  My primary practice areas are estate planning, probate administration, elder law, and business planning and formation.  Having worked at a small firm outside of downtown Cincinnati, the YLS has provided me with many opportunities to meet and network with other attorneys in Cincinnati.  I have developed friendships and built a referral source for my clients.

Many of us experience the pressures of billable hour requirements and developing our own book of business.   Working in a small firm, I am constantly looking for my next client.  It takes a lot of time and energy to develop your client base.  Over the next year, the YLS will focus on professional development for today’s young lawyer.  How do young lawyers grow their books of business?  How do young lawyers gain the respect and trust of their clients?  How do young lawyers continue to develop their practice skills?  We will explore ideas and offer YLS events focused on professional development.  If you have any ideas you would like to share, please email me at    

Amy E. Pennekamp - William E. Hesch Law Firm LLC



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