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.


Jason M. Bradford
Jenner & Block LLP

Michael Lehrman
Baker McKenzie LLP

Vice President
Caitlin Kolb Poirier
Crowe LLP


Joan Akalaonu
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Paul E. Bateman Jr.
Sidley Austin LLP

First Vice-Chair, CBA Young Lawyers Section
Tracy Brammeier
Clifford Law Offices

Kacie Brinkman
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

Robert C. Collins
Latham & Watkins LLP

Kalia Coleman
United State’s Attorney’s Office

Matthew Colman
Syntellis Performance Solutions

Sarah Crocker
Northern District of Illinois

Purak Dhruva
Medline Industries, Inc.

Sara Eber Fowler
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Alison Giest
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Svetlana Gitman
American Arbitration Association

Shannon C. Gross
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Katie Hausfeld
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Patrick Heery
Cook County, Labor Relations

Julia Hubeny
Associated Bank

CBF Board Liaison
Jennifer J.C. Kelly
Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd.

Jennifer Kratochvil
Mayer Brown

Cara Lawson
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Trevor McClain-Duer
Caliber Advisors, Inc.

Alexander McH. Memmen
The Memmen Law Firm, LLC

Jon Milonas
CBRE, Inc.

Chair, CBA Young Lawyers Section
Jeffrey Moskowitz
J. Moskowitz Law LLC

Shilpa A. Patel
City of Chicago Department of Law

David Pustilnik
Esbrook Law LLC

Erinn Rigney
K&L Gates LLP

Andreia Rosa
Wells Fargo

Rick Ruffing

Allison Siebeneck
Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

YLS Staff Liaison
Lindsay Wunrow
The Chicago Bar Association