2015 YLD National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

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. 


Todd Belcore, 2016 NOYLA Winner

Todd Belcore
Nominated by the Cook County Bar Association
Bio (pdf)

Todd Belcore graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, University of Michigan Ann Arbor (where he was 3rd VP of the NAACP Chapter) and Northwestern Law (where he was the President of SERV and the Student Bar Association President). 

After law school, Todd worked at the Shriver Center where he provided representation to those with records, trained attorneys and advocates nationwide regarding policy reform, led or assisted in efforts to pass 10 pieces of criminal justice reform legislation, and wrote academic works and blog posts relating to justice reform and access to opportunity that have been published in the Huffington Post and the White House blog. 

Todd has also conducted mediations and has assisted with resolving claims of discrimination. Todd taught a course on eradicating the "New Jim Crow" at Northwestern Law and will be teaching the same course at University of Chicago Law in fall 2016.  

Todd also serves as a policy consultant where he helps advocates and organizations nationwide build or accelerate their local and national policy advocacy efforts. 

Finally, Todd also serves as the Co-Founder of the Chicago International Social Change Festival (CISCFF), an annual 3-day film festival that uses film to educate and inspire people to create change that will take place September 2016 at Showplace Icon (150 W. Roosevelt).  As a result of Todd's commitment to service, he has received 13 honors from city, state, and national organizations; ranging from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association's (New Leaders in Advocacy) to the White House (Champion of Change).


Viren Mascarenhas
Nominated by the ABA Section of International Law
Bio (PDF)

Adine Momoh
Sorell E. Negro
Nominated by the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law 
Bio (PDF)