October 02, 2018

About & Contact

Young Lawyers Division

Young Lawyers Division

The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) is the home for young lawyers. With over 150,000 members and 300 affiliated groups, the ABA YLD is the largest young lawyer organization in the world.


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.

More information:

2015-16 YLD Annual report
75th Anniversary Video


American Bar Association
Young Lawyers Division
321 N. Clark Street
Floor: 18
Chicago, IL 60654-7598
312-988-5611 (phone)
312-988-6231 (fax)


YLD Staff

Robin Rone

Robin oversees all staff and Division activities; Provides guidance and support to YLD Council; handles BOG, HOD relations and overall ABA relations.

Donna Nesbit
Associate Director

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.

Tracy Kaempf
Product Development Manager

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.

Tracey Moore
Marketing Specialist

Tracey manages YLD communications efforts with regard to message, theme, look, and website content; manages YLD technology and social media; develops virtual & print marketing campaign to promote YLD activities & events.

Stephen Young
Marketing Assistant

Stephen supports the Marketing Specialist and is a key part of the marketing and communications team. Among his responsibilities are maintaining the Division's website, developing creative for programming & initiatives, handling our e-newsletter and email communications, and supporting member communication platforms and functions.

Renee Lugo
Program Specialist

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.

Alia Graham
Program Specialist

Alia manages and provides support to the Affiliates Assistance Team, Disaster Legal Services Team, District Representatives, Awards and Subgrants Team and works directly with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She further manages and oversees the Regional Summit Subgrant Program, YLD Subgrant Program and the Awards of Achievement.

Tara Blasingame
Meetings Planner

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

Asia Harris
Administrative Assistant

Asia assists the Director and Associate Director; handles office administration; Assists in reimbursement process; responds to general inquiries; provides governance support; oversees interns and temps.

Lindsay Cummings
TYL Editor

Lindsay works with the TYL editorial board to produce TYL magazine, TYL Monthly, and TYL In Focus. She also manages the TYL website.