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

Alison A. De Villiers

Call for YLS Award Nominations

The YLS Annual Meeting on April 23 will recognize the extra efforts and engagement of members through new awards that support the YLS membership. You are encouraged to nominate someone who you believe has shown that commitment to YLS and the local community through your nomination for the awards listed below.


YLS Cincinnati Leadership Award

 The purpose of the YLS Cincinnati Leadership award is to honor the YLS member's influential leadership in the Cincinnati legal community. The recipient of this award is an individual who takes ownership in the Cincinnati legal market as a prominent and respectable advocate for the legal community, specifically young lawyers, and who best leads his or her peers through the challenges of the profession.


YLS Professionalism Award

 The purpose of the YLS Professionalism Award is to honor the YLS member who best demonstrates respect toward colleagues, his or her clients, and the judiciary. The recipient of this award is an individual who reveres the legal process and all who are involved in it and encourages others to do likewise.   


YLS Community Service Challenge Award

The YLS Community Service Challenge encourages young
lawyers and their perspective law firms and legal organizations to become involved in the community service efforts of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the community at large.


Selection Process:

Nominations Deadline Wednesday, April 1

The YLS Annual Awards Selection Committee will review the nominations and determine the winners.


Please send nominations to    


  • Eligibility: To be eligible for this award, the Ohio licensed attorney must be an active CBA YLS member.
  • Nominations will be directed to the YLS Annual Awards Selection Committee to review the nominations and determine the winners for the awards. 
  • The Selection Committee will be made up of YLS members, including Executive Board Members, Chairs, and/or Committee members.  The YLS Chair and Vice Chair will be on the Selection Committee and will select the additional Committee members.  There must be at least 7 members on the Selection Committee and each award decision must involve at least 3 Selection Committee members.
  • In the event that one or more of the Selection Committee members is also nominated for an award, he/she/they must not be involved in the decision to determine the recipient of the that award. 
Alison A. De Villiers - Beckman Weil Shepardson LLC



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