The Division is committed to assuring it is best able to represent the newest members of the profession, ensuring that it reflects the society it serves, and providing young lawyers and young lawyer organizations with the tools and opportunities for professional and personal success. 

Individual membership is open to American Bar Association law student and lawyer Members under 36 years old or admitted to practice for five years or less. Affiliate membership is open to young lawyer organizations and special interest bars. There are no additional membership dues.


American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
321 N. Clark Street, Floor: 18
Chicago, IL 60654-7598


(800) 285-2221


ABA Service Center Hotline

USA: (800) 285-2221
International +1 (312) 988-5000
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET



Austin Groothuis
Director, Early Career Strategy
(312) 988-5591

Austin provides strategy, budget, and staffing oversight for the Young Lawyers and Law Student Divisions.

Donna Nesbit
Director, Operations and Meetings
(312) 988-5612

Donna oversees all planning of YLD in-person events, manages YLD budget, oversees day-to-day business operations, oversees sponsorship development and all aspects of Affiliate outreach including our Public Service Projects and affiliate programming. She also spearheads the Fellows efforts.

Sara Stretch
Director, Governance and Projects
(312) 988-5621

Sara provides leadership, management, and strategic and procedural guidance to the Division's governing/policy bodies, member leaders, and staff  on matters involving governance, policy development and implementation, and special projects/initiatives.

Stephen Brothers-McGrew
Marketing & Content Manager
(312) 988-5593

Stephen manages the comprehensive content marketing strategy for the Young Lawyer and Law Student Divisions, and leads the Early Career Strategy marketing team.

Lindsay Cummings
TYL Editor
(312) 988-5935

Lindsay manages content for the Young Lawyers Division, working with the TYL editorial board to produce TYL and After the Bar. She also helps manage Student Lawyer magazine for the Law Student Division.

Tracy Kaempf
Product Development Manager
(312) 988-6235

Tracy develops and executes all YLD content and products, including webinars, distance learning, develops special interest young lawyer products and content opportunities, and manages and markets all existing & new YLD products, manages our TYL print publication, oversees our Member Service Projects, and develops content opportunities with LP & T partners, ABA Membership & Marketing and ABA entity partners.

Sylvia Knox
Senior Meeting Planner
(312) 988-5611

Sylvia handles planning of YLD in-person events, manages programming and speaker communications; coordinates materials for YLD conferences; responsible for MCLE applications and post-conference activities and handles meeting registration and ticket sales questions.

Renee Lugo
Program Specialist
(312) 988-5626

Renee provides support for YLD Committees and Liaisons; oversees YLD's Diversity initiatives, National Representative activities, the Diversity Scholars program, YLD Awards and Public Service Projects.

Adam Music
Web Editor
(312) 988-5125

Adam maintains the YLD website as well as the Law Student Division site and their blog, Before the Bar.

Karen Perez-Garcia
Membership Associate
(312) 988-5810

Karen manages email communication (including newsletters) for the Young Lawyers Division and the Law Student Division. She also assists with the marketing of webinars, conferences, and other events on the website and social media.

Summer Giles
Program Associate
(312) 988-5614

Summer provides support to the Early Career Strategy Governance team, coordinating with staff and member leaders on Law Student Division competitions and YLD and LSD elections, awards, and governance.

Anita White
Administrative Assistant
(312) 988-5629

Anita supports the meetings and operations team. She is highly involved in coordinating logistics and details for Early Career Strategy events.

Erica Zepeda
Programs Associate
(312) 988-5671

Erica manages programs as part of the Early Career Strategy Governance and Projects team. Among her primary focuses is the administration of the Law School Division's Practical Skills Competitions programs.