About Our Section

The Young Lawyers Section (YLS) has as its primary goals the promotion of justice, the encouragement of public service, and the promotion of diversity and education of young lawyers and newly admitted practitioners. These goals are achieved through the educational, public service, and community programs produced by the section’s twenty-plus statewide committees and the nine regional young lawyer organizations in the state. The section also serves a valuable social and networking role in introducing young lawyers to each other and assisting them in their transition into the Connecticut legal practice. The section includes all members of the CBA who are 37 years old or younger or who have been admitted to the Bar for less than six full bar years.

Section Executive Committee

Amanda Schreiber

900 Cottage Grove Road, B6LPA
Hartford, CT 06152-0001 

Cindy Cieslak
Rose Kallor LLP
750 Main St, 
Hartford, CT 06103-2702

Christopher Klepps
The Hartford - Legal and Coverage Unit
Hartford, CT 06115

Joshua Devine

United Health Group
185 Asylum Street, Twr 1, fl 20
Hartford, CT 06103

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Upcoming Events

  • Dec 11
    YLS Holiday Party (SYL191211)
    Five Churches Brewing
    193 Arch St
    New Britain, Connecticut
    United States
  • Dec 17
    A Review on Golding: Looking Back on 30 Years of Golding Review in the Criminal Context (EYL191217)
    CBA Law Center
    30 Bank St
    New Britain, Connecticut
    United States

    Our panel convenes just prior to the 30th anniversary of the release of arguably one of the most seminal cases in Connecticut appellate jurisprudence, State v. Golding, 213 Conn. 233 (1989). Criminal defendants frequently rely on this method of reviewing previously unpreserved constitutional claims on appeal. Our panelists will discuss the evolution of Golding review over the past 30 years, including the recent modification of the rule in In re Yasiel R. in 2015. We will discuss views of the effectiveness of Golding review in raising unpreserved constitutional challenges in the criminal context as well as its proper use and most effective ways to utilize Golding review.

  • Dec 18
    RESCHEDULED from 12/2/19: The Ins and Outs of Short Calendar CLE (EYL191202)
    CBA Law Center
    30 Bank St
    New Britain, Connecticut
    United States

    Short calendar has drastically changed in Connecticut over the years and for newly admitted attorneys, speaking before a judge in a courtroom filled with experienced practitioners can be a daunting task. Attendees will receive an overview of Connecticut’s short calendar system, the logistics of short calendar, and how to prepare for short calendar.

  • Jan 08
    YLS Executive Committee Meeting (SYL200108)
    CBA Law Center
    30 Bank St
    New Britain, Connecticut
    United States
  • Jan 21
    Registering for Success: Strategies for Maximizing the Value of a Business’s IP CLE (EYL200121)
    CBA Law Center
    30 Bank St
    New Britain, Connecticut
    United States

    This program will consider intellectual property from the perspective of business owner representation. There are many legal issues implicated by the starting and running of a business, but it is easy for intellectual property issues to become overlooked amidst issues that may seem more urgent, such as organization formation and employment policies. What should a lawyer make sure a new business owner knows about intellectual property? How can future IP issues be prevented? What mistakes are most likely to occur while a new business is first generating IP? These and other questions will be touched on during this CLE.

Latest Related News

  • YLS Horn of Plenty Food Drive

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    The Young Lawyers Section is helping to make the difference between hungry and healthy in advance of the holiday season through its annual Horn of Plenty Food Drive from November 11 through November 22.
  • Swearing In-square Congratulations to Connecticut’s Newest Attorneys

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019

    On November 1, over 100 new attorneys appeared before the justices of the Connecticut Supreme Court to be sworn in to the Connecticut Bar.
  • Young Lawyers Section 2018-2019 Nine CBA Young Lawyers Receive Service Awards

    Friday, August 9, 2019

    Nine YLS Executive Committee members received awards at the section’s Leadership Retreat on June 28-29 for their service during the 2018-2019 bar year.
  • YLS 2019-20 logo YLS 2019-2020 Officers

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    Amanda G. Schreiber will serve as chair of the 2019-2020 YLS, along with Cindy M. Cieslak as chair-elect, Christopher A. Klepps as secretary, and Joshua J. Devine as treasurer.
  • YLS volunteers at the Hartford Habitat for Humanity build. YLS Volunteers for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019

    Members of the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) volunteered with Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, March 30. The volunteers helped build a home by hanging sheetrock and installing insulation, to contribute to Hartford Habitat's mission to provide safe, decent, affordable housing in the Hartford community.

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