New Haven Young Lawyers

The New Haven Young Lawyers Section brings together professionals young and old.  A “Young Lawyer” is an attorney or law student who has not been barred in Connecticut for more than six years or is under age 35.  NHYL provides networking and mentoring opportunities for attorneys beginning to practice in the greater New Haven area.  Membership is free for law students and attorneys in their first year of bar admission, and $20 per year thereafter.

The current officers (listed below) are happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you are interested in joining the New Haven Young Lawyers Section, you must be a member of the NHCBA and pay an additional $20 section fee. To join the association and the section, join online.  If you are already a member, please send $20 to the NHCBA office. 

New Haven Young Lawyers History

The New Haven Young lawyers traces its history back to March 6, 1786, when Simeon Baldwin1 (1791-1851), a graduate of Yale University and a student of Charles Chauncey (one of the original 11 lawyers in the New Haven area) formed a "friendly Society" of young lawyers and law students for the "improvement and in the knowledge of the law."1  This society met weekly to discuss law and pursued exercises to enhance their legal skills.  It was, in fact, the first lawyers' association in New Haven; and very likely, the first young lawyers association in the United States.

Several hundred years later, the New Haven Young Lawyers works to advance the principals established by Simeon Baldwin by attempting to bring young lawyers and law students together in a social and congenial atmosphere to help develop legal capabilities, networking skills and charitable ways - and sometimes, simply, to have a little fun.

To that end, the NHYL holds a variety of social events where new attorneys can get to know one another outside the courtoom.  We help sponsor a variety of Continuing Legal Education programs throughout the year and undertake numerous charity projects such as the annual Horn of Plenty food drive in November and the Toys for Tots toy drive in December, and also partner with a variety of local charities including the New Haven Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (D.E.S.K.) and LEAP.

The NHYL Offers wonderful opportunities for new lawyers and law students to become involved and active in the bar association.  membership in the NHYL costs $20, per year and is open to any attorney or law student who is a member of the New Haven Bar Association and who has been in practice for less than six years OR is under 36 years of age.  Feel free to contact any of the NHYL officers if you have questions.

[1] Simeon Baldwin, from Life and Letters of Simeon Baldwin

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Chris Nelson

Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C.

(203) 281-2700


Vice President

Patrick Hughes

Law Office of Patrick G. Hughes

(203) 725-0840



Joshua Hecht

Caplan, Hecht & Mendel, LLC

(203) 772-0070



Gregory Podolak

Saxe, Doernberger & Vita, P.C.

(203) 287-8890


CBA-YLS Liason

Stacey Pitcher

Nuzzo & Roberts, L.L.C.

(203) 250-2000


Community Service Liaison

Emily R. Lucibello

Riordan, Cutting & Shore, LLP

(203) 298-4657


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