YLS Events


The Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association hosts many events and programs throughout the bar year designed to provide useful and relevant information along with networking opportunities for the new attorney. Information on upcoming events and opportunities are detailed below.

YLS Nominating Committee Slate

Pursuant to Section 5.4 of Article V of the By-Laws of the Young Lawyers Section, the Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section submits the following slate of candidates for election to the offices indicated. The term of office for each position to be filled shall be one year from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section to the 2018 Annual Meeting, except the Co-Editors in Chief of the YLS Journal and the Directors shall have two-year terms. If you have questions, please call Jennifer Byrne, YLS Director, at 312-554-2031. Click here to view the 2017 YLS Nominating Committee Slate.

Access Success by Signing Up for Online Networking Portal – March 15 - 29
Attorneys and law students with disabilities, as well as law firms and law departments interested in expanding their networks of able counsel, are encouraged to create a profile through (law students) and/or (attorneys) to participate in a two-week long online networking fair that kicked-off on March 15. Use of the online networking tool helps firms and law departments comply with Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and demonstrates a commitment to improving diversity in the profession. Visit the National Association of Attorneys With Disabilities (NAAD) website at for additional instructions or contact with questions.

Young Lawyers Section & Alliance for Women Mixer – March 29
Grab a friend and join the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section and the Alliance for Women for a fun night out on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at the Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, 216 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago. Free drinks while they last, followed by cash bar. No RSVP necessary. Thank you to Northwestern Mutual for sponsoring the event.

Donation Drive for Women’s Personal Hygiene Products – Drop Donations Off Until March 31
The YLS Women in the Law Committee is excited to host a collection box for Chicago Period Project, which seeks to empower women living below the poverty line by providing feminine hygiene products that will allow them to experience their periods with dignity.  We are collecting donations of pads, tampons, and new underwear which will be shared between local shelters and organizations for women in need.  A collection box will be in the lobby of The Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Court) until March 31st. Donations also can be purchased and shipped directly via this Amazon Wish List:  For more about CPP, visit

Give an End Distracted Driving Presentation at Camelot Academy – April 4
Be a part of the YLS’ public service initiative by volunteering to give a presentation on the dangers of distracted driving to students at Camelot Academy (7877 S Coles Ave, Chicago, IL 60649) on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. No prior experience is necessary to volunteer as the volunteer will be provided a link to the training video and materials for the presentation. Please email YLS Director John Risvold at to volunteer. Additional information about the initiative is available at

Volunteer to Mock Interview Law Students – April 5
Members are needed to conduct several fast-paced mock interviews with area law students on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CBA Building (321 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago). The interview workshop will be followed by a networking reception where law students can mix and mingle with the interviewing attorneys. Attorney volunteers will be provided copies of the law student’s resumes 24 hours in advance of the event. To volunteer please complete our volunteer form.

Assist Senior Veterans at Serving Our Seniors Committee Event - April 15
YLS members are invited to participate in an event with the Serving Our Seniors Committee on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 12:00-2:30pm at the American Legion Hall (5745 S. State St). 25-30 senior veterans will be in attendance at the workshop.  Volunteers do not need to have any experience with estate planning.  An in-person training with CLE will held on March 30, 2017 from 4:00-5:30pm at the Center for Disability and Elder Law (205 W. Randolph, 8th Floor Conference Room).  An online training can be completed at the volunteer's convenience if you RSVP at least 48 hours in advance of the event.  Please RSVP by emailing Mollie Whitehead at

Liberty Bell Nominations – Due April 21
Consider nominating a non-lawyer for the Liberty Bell Award by April 21.  The award recognizes a member of our community who has rendered service that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under the law.  Please help us promote the ideals of justice, liberty and the importance of individual and community responsibility.  Click here for more details and the nomination form.

YLS Government Service Career Fair - April 27 (free for members)
If you are interested in working for the government, attend the Young Lawyers Section’s annual Government Service Career Fair on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. The event gives young lawyers and law students the opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers as you network and discover what the agencies in attendance are looking for in new hires. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Free for members, $15 Nonmember (Not a member yet? Join the CBA as a law student member for only $12). Register online or call 312-554-2056.

Young Lawyers Section Celebrates Law Week with a Focus on Children’s Rights- May 1-5

The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2017 from May 1 to May 5. The Young Lawyers Section has chosen to incorporate the American Bar Association’s Law Week theme of “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy” by focusing on how the 14th Amendment extends to protect and shape the rights of children, the future of our democracy.

Events include Ask-a-Lawyer Day, a celebration of the law at Daley Plaza and a “Lunch with a Judge” in the Daley Center, seminars on Advocating for the Rights of Children, and The Legacy of Brown v. The Board of Education, and volunteer opportunities with Lawyers in the Classroom and Legal Prep Charter Academy and a Judge's Reception . The YLS will also be collecting blankets, backpacks, and suitcases for children in foster care in the CBA lobby and selling Pinwheels for $5 to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. All members and law students are encouraged to attend an event. Register and see details at

YLS Repacking Day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository – May 13
The YLS is seeking volunteers for a day of fun and to help those in need at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632) on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 1:00-3:45 p.m. Volunteers will work on the repacking line inspecting, cleaning, and sorting donated products for distribution to soup kitchens, pantries, and homeless shelters. After the repacking event, volunteers are invited join the group for dinner. Please email Carolyn Howard at to volunteer and be provided the registration link. All volunteers need to register in order to volunteer in the warehouse and must complete the registration process by no later than May 11. Volunteers must wear long pants, sleeved shirts and closed shoes with nonskid soles. Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer.

Wills for Heroes: Estate Planning Attorneys Needed for Pro Bono Opportunities
Do you have experience in estate planning? Are you looking for a pro bono opportunity that doesn't involve a long-term commitment? Consider volunteering with Wills for Heroes, a monthly program that drafts basic estate planning documents for first responders and veterans. Check out our web page or contact for more info and to sign up for our mailing list.

End Distracted Driving Initiative
We are continually seeking out volunteers to visit high schools throughout Chicagoland to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.  More information and materials are available at www.chicagobarorg/edd. To assist with the initiative, please email  Check back continually for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Related Files
2017 YLS Nominating Committee Slate
Liberty Nomination Packet 2017