2013 Winner and Finalists


The ABA YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented annually to recognize a young lawyer who exhibits professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, service to the community, and/or a reputation for the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. The winner was recognized during an award presentation at the 2014 ABA Midyear Meeting in Chicago.


Jason Sengheiser
Nominated by the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers’ Section Council
Mr. Sengheiser’s Bio (pdf)

Jason is a law clerk for the Honorable Robert G. Dowd, Jr. at the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District.  Jason is also an adjunct faculty member at Fontbonne University, where he teaches Introduction to Law and American Constitutional Development. 

Jason is actively involved in numerous organizations, including the ABA, the Missouri Bar, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, the Young Friends of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Amnesty International USA, St. Louis B-Works, the Saint Louis University Prison Program, and the Meramec Sharks Youth Hockey Club.

Jason received B.A. degrees in Environmental Science and German Studies from Saint Louis University in 2000.  Jason also received his J.D. from Saint Louis University in 2003.  In addition, Jason received his LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Columbia University in 2006.


Brittany K. Byrd
Nominated by the Texas Young Lawyers Association
Ms. Byrd’s Bio (PDF)

Keya Koul
Nominated by the New Mexico State Bar Young Lawyers Division
Ms. Koul’s Bio (PDF)