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.


Brief Graders and Judges Needed for CBA Moot Court
The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 16-18, 2017, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 32 teams are competing from across the country. The YLS needs attorneys to act as competition judges and brief graders. Volunteer brief graders will be asked to review and critique approximately 4-5 briefs the week of October 23 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 16 and 17 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 18 (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Competition judges are eligible to earn Illinois MCLE credit. To volunteer, fill out the appropriate volunteer form: Brief Grader and/or Competition Judge.

2017 Pro Bono Week: For the Sake of Community - October 23 to 27
The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation are pleased to present Chicago’s 13th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 23-27, 2017. Pro Bono Week celebrates lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educates the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. Free events will include the Young Lawyers Section’s Pro Bono and Community Service Fair on October 27, a story slam at Revolution Brewing, and seminars. Visit to learn more and register for upcoming events.

Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community – October 24
As part of Pro Bono Week 2017, join The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Young Lawyers Section on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing. Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story related to the theme (justice) to share with attendees from the Chicago legal community. Those who volunteer to tell stories will be entered in a prize raffle. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend. Register for the free event here.

24th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair – October 26
Meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. Join the YLS, CBA and CBF for the 24th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. The Fair will be held at the law offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Lawyers and law students from all backgrounds and levels of expertise are welcome. CBA members and non-members are both welcome. This event is free of charge and law students are welcome. Learn more or register here.

Careers in Intellectual Property Law (Complimentary!) – October 30
Join us on October 30 at 5:00 p.m. at the CBA or via Webcast to learn about the varied career paths a legal career focused in intellectual property law can follow. Topics will include resumes/interviewing, networking, day-to-day practice, and how to make the most of law school. Attendees will earn up to 2 IL PR-MCLE Credit (subject to approval). Register and see pricing online here for in-person attendance, here for online attendance, or call 312-554-2056. Free for CLE-Advantage Members and CBA law student members.

YLS Lunch with a Judge with Judge Lorna Propes – November 2
The YLS Lunch with a Judge series strives to provide young lawyers with the unique opportunity to hear from a member of the bench in an intimate setting. On November 2, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lorna Propes will lead a conversation and answer member questions about her career prior to and since being elected to the bench. A complimentary pizza lunch will be served courtesy of our generous sponsor Clifford Law Offices.  Click here to register for this members only event.

YLS November Social Hour – November 9
Join us for the November Social Hour on November 9 at 6pm at Joy District (112 W. Hubbard St.).  This is a complimentary event and non-members are welcome – feel free to bring a friend!  No RSVP necessary. Free drinks will be available while they last.