Young Professionals Board

The CBF Young Professionals Board is a group of young attorneys and other professionals working in related fields who are dedicated to helping the CBF further its mission of improving access to justice for people in need and making the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. The YPB aims to increase the involvement of younger members of the legal community in the CBF’s work and to complement the award-winning public service work of the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS).

The YPB takes a lead role in planning Passport to Chicago. The YPB’s events are designed to increase awareness of the CBF’s work among young professionals, to raise funds for the CBF, and to foster a sense of community within the YPB and with the CBF and YLS. The YPB also plays an active role in the CBF Fall Benefit and the event’s silent auction.

Additionally, the YPB assists the CBF board on grants and other initiatives. The YPB Brochure has more information on the YPB’s events, projects, partnerships, and other leadership. If you are interested in learning more about the YPB or how you can get involved, please contact Emme Veenbaas at or 312.554.1247.


Michael Lehrman
Baker McKenzie LLP

Caitlin Kolb Poirier
Crowe LLP

Vice President
Paul E. Bateman Jr.
Sidley Austin LLP


Joan Akalaonu
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Daniel Berkowitz
Illinois Attorney General’s Office

Peter Besser

Katherine L. Birchok
Stotis & Baird

CBF Board Liaison
Jason Bradford
Jenner & Block LLP

Chair, CBA Young Lawyers Section
Tracy Brammeier
Clifford Law Offices

Kacie Brinkman
Ropes & Gray LLP

Rebecca K. Bryant
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Robert C. Collins
Latham & Watkins LLP

Kalia Coleman
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Matthew Colman
Syntellis Performance Solutions

Sarah Crocker
Northern District of Illinois

Purak Dhruva
Medline Industries, Inc.

Kara Francis
Schiller DuCanto & Fleck

Alison Giest
Chicago Law Partners

Svetlana Gitman
American Arbitration Association

Shannon C. Gross
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Patrick Heery
Cook County, Labor Relations

John Klinker
Locke Lord LLP

Jennifer Kratochvil
Mayer Brown

Cara Lawson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Stephanie Lim
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Kenneth Matuszewski
Goldberg Segalla

Trevor McClain-Duer
Caliber Advisors, Inc.

Jon Milonas
CBRE, Inc.

Jeffrey Moskowitz
J. Moskowitz Law LLC

Corina Oprea
Mondelez International

Kernisha Padilla
Blank Rome LLP

David Pustilnik
Esbrook Law LLC

Rick Ruffing

Allison Siebeneck
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Vanessa Stephens
Balyasny Asset Management

YLS Staff Liaison
Lindsay Wunrow
The Chicago Bar Association