chevron-down Created with Sketch Beta.

About the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division

Almost from the foundation of YLD, there has been a concern about how to maintain the friendships established by membership in the organization which is brief, lasting perhaps 8 – 10 years for the typical member. In response, in 1977 the YLD created the Fellows of the Young Lawyers Division to provide those who have aged out of the YLD a means to continue their activities with friends they have made during their years in the Division.

The Fellows contribute to YLD’s objectives and help mentor young lawyers in the activities of the Association. They offer members a host of activities and services, especially the annual YLD Fellows Debate at the ABA Midyear Meeting and the annual Fellows Gala at each ABA Annual Meeting, for an evening of intermingling among former and current YLD members. The Gala also provides an opportunity to recognize individuals who have shown a devotion to the public service and pro bono principles of the YLD with the awarding of the YLD Fellows Award.

The bylaws of the Fellows are available here.



James Durant


Laura Farber

YLD Officers (Ex-Officio Voting)

  • Chair: Tamara Nash
  • Chair-Elect: Dani Borel
  • Secretary: Brandon Riches
  • Immediate Past Chair: Jo Bahn

Board Members

  • Chris Brown
  • Cabell Clay
  • Kyle Fry
  • Sutania Fuller
  • Sheena Hamilton
  • Day Hochman-Vigil
  • Blair Hlinka
  • Miriah Holden
  • Amy Krieg
  • Shayda Le
  • Joseph Logan Murphy
  • Michelle Philo
  • Choi Portis
  • Tommy Preston
  • Edward Rawl
  • Kristen Shaffer
  • Kortney Simmons
  • Aaron Sohaski
  • Andrew Van Singel
  • Jovita Wang
  • Malorie Winne Diaz

YLD Staff Contact

Yadira “Yadi” Martinez, ECS Program Manager