Young Lawyers Section


The Cincinnati Bar Association's Young Lawyers Section (YLS) is open to every member of the Cincinnati Bar Association who is under age 36 or who is in his or her first five years of practice, regardless of age.

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. 

Call for YLS Award Nominations

The YLS Annual Meeting in April will recognize the extraordinary efforts of the engagement of members through the YLS Cincinnati Leadership Award, the YLS Professionalism Award and the YLS Community Service Award.
Email nominations to mymembership@cincybar.org by Tuesday, March 24th.

YLS Cincinnati Leadership Award

The YLS Cincinnati Leadership Award honors a YLS member whose excellence in leadership has had a positive impact on the Cincinnati community. The recipient of this award not only displays leadership in the workplace, but most importantly displays leadership through and in service to the community. This individual possesses the ideal characteristics that lawyers should strive to model: a commitment to service to others, humility, a positive outlook, and empathy. This individual embodies those characteristics, and helps encourage other legal professionals to live by the same principles.

YLS Professionalism Award

The YLS Professionalism Award honors a YLS member who zealously advocates for his or her clients and treats other professionals with respect and courtesy. This individual exhibits honor, respect, and civility in everything he or she does. This individual recognizes the tremendous responsibility that comes with the legal profession and holds himself or herself and others to the highest of standards. The recipient of this award is a constant reminder of the value of working with others in a respectful and professional manner in order to best navigate the legal process.

YLS Community Service Award

The YLS Community Service Award is given to a young lawyer who is engaged and involved in the community service efforts of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the community at large, while encouraging others to do the same.

YLS Committees

CLE Committee Opportunities
The CLE Committee plans the bi-weekly “No Brown Bag” one-hour CLE programs. Its mission is to provide young lawyers and other members of the Cincinnati Bar with high- quality legal seminars.

Community Service Committee Opportunities
Members of the Community Service Committee organize hands-on volunteer events that allow YLS members to give back to the community while socializing and networking with other members of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the other young professionals in the Greater Cincinnati community.

Diversity Committee Opportunities
Promotes diversity and inclusion efforts within the YLS and collaborate with other local groups.

Membership Committee Opportunities
Hosts programs and events that encourage law students and newly admitted young lawyers to join YLS, meet YLS members and become more involved in the Cincinnati legal community.

Mock Trial Committee Opportunities
YLS plans and hosts the high school Mock Trial competition in Hamilton County. The CBA’s responsibility includes providing judges for the competition and organizing the event. The Mock Trial program is a national competition. 

Social Committee Opportunities
The Social Committee plans and organizes social and networking events for young lawyers to engage with fellow members of the Cincinnati Bar and other Cincinnati young professionals.

View 10-Minute Mentoring Talks Below 

10-Minute Mentoring Talks are a new series of "TED-style" talks given by leading lawyers in our community.

Register for these 2020 talks:

February 26 - Difficult Clients and Managing Expectation
March 11- Making the Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

View an engaging talk that is relevant to you!

Making Connections - Eric Kearney, African American Chamber of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Legal Education - Dean Verna Williams, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Networking - Jill Meyer, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber

Career Goals - Justice Sharon L. Kennedy, Supreme Court of Ohio

Client Relationships - Jennifer J. Morales, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Practice Management - Dan Moore, The Moore Law Firm