The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) has had a Young Professionals Board since 2008.  The YPB is, in essence, an auxiliary committee comprised of young lawyers and other allied professionals in Cook County who want to become more involved in public interest law and to truly make a difference in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable and underrepresented residents.  The YPB serves four distinct purposes: 

  • Provide ambassadors of CDEL to the community, such ambassadors helping to promote CDEL’s mission and activities.
  • Recruit volunteer attorneys to assist CDEL clients in a pro bono capacity.
  • Assist CDEL’s governing Board with fundraising initiatives.
  • Prepare individual YPB members for future full board positions, either with CDEL or with other leading nonprofit organizations.

 At minimum, all YPB members are expected to:

  • Make a financial contribution to CDEL of $100 in the form of a give/get, meaning members can “give” the amount themselves or “get” the amount by having other sources donate to CDEL.  Participation in CDEL fundraisers (i.e. donation made during Giving Tuesday, or the purchase of CDEL event / raffle tickets) is considered part of a member’s financial contribution.  CDEL does have a hardship policy for those members who cannot afford to make their expected contribution.
  • Attend at least two fundraising events annually, including the YPB Trivia Night in the fall.
  • Attend at least 50% of all YPB meetings.  The YPB meets 4-6 times annually.
  • Volunteer with CDEL at a Senior Center Initiative or by taking on a pro bono case.
  • Serve on at least one subcommittee of the YPB.
  • Recruit and nominate other young professionals for YPB membership.

 Applications for 2018 are due December 1, 2017.  To learn more about the YPB please contact Caroline Manley at Click HERE to download a PDF of the application. 




Kimberly McClain
Seyfarth Shaw LLP 


Maureen Loughran
FMS Law Group LLC


Joelle Shabat
Swanson Martin & Bell


 Andrew Follett
 Cornerstone Research


Brent Miller
FTI Consulting, Inc.


Joseph Aniol
Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company

Alicia Beyer
Perkins Coie LLP  

Patrick Bushell

Peck Ritchey, LLC
Jessica Coutre
Freeborn & Peters LLP

Leynee Cruz
Chuhak & Tecson P.C.

Han Cui
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Cathryn Hall 
Marny Christin & Associates
Staff Counsel for American Access Casualty Company
Meghan Hamilton 
Baker McKenzie
Noah Hampson  
Baker McKenzie
Mallory Jandrists 
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Mita Lakhia 
Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP
Bobby McMillin 
Howard Brown Health

Brent Miller
FTI Consulting, Inc. 

Mallory Morgan 
DePaul University Civil Litigation Clinic 

Joe Napoli 
Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swedlove LLP.

 Demoni Newman 
Jones Day  

Daniel Robbin 
Attorney at Law  

Sarah Rutledge 
Lincoln Park Zoo

Joelle Shabat  
Swanson Martin & Bell LLP 

Stephanie Tang  
Kogut & Wilson, LLC 

Melinda Tsang  
MB Financial

Daniel Waltz  
Troutman Sanders LLP