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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 Social Hour at Henry’s – October 1
Join the YLS for a fun social event on Thursday, October 1, 2015, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Henry’s, 18 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL. Mingle with local legal professionals at this River North favorite while enjoying complimentary drinks and light appetizers. Special thanks to OakCrest Capital LLC for sponsoring our event—You can find OakCrest on facebook (OakCrest Capital, LLC), twitter (@ryannietert) and LinkedIn (via Ryan Nietert), or reach them at (773) 360-7754.

Young Lawyers Section End Distracted Driving Initiative Kick-Off - October 9
 Join the YLS at this free reception and enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers while learning more about the Section's new End Distracted Driving Initiative. The event will feature Joel Feldman, co-founder of the End Distracted Driving Initiative and the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation. Through a partnership with the Initiative, young lawyers will be visiting high schools across Chicagoland this bar year to educate students about the dangers of distracted driving and to encourage safe driving. RSVP and learn how you can help at to see PDF information.

CBA/CBF 2015 Pro Bono Week: October 26-30
The CBA and CBF will sponsor Chicago's 11th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 26-30, 2015. The Week has the twin goals of honoring lawyers' pro bono efforts and educating the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. Free programming for the week includes CLE, the Pro Bono and Community Service Fair, and more. Register and get details at

22nd Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair - October 29
Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with like minded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. The event will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Skadden. Refreshments will be served. Please note: This complimentary event is open to law students and lawyers of all levels of legal experience. The evening's program will indicate the level of experience required by a particular organization. Click here to register. Presented by the Young Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation and Skadden. Click to registerClick to view a PDF of event information/organizations in attendance.

YLS Shadow Program
YLS Chair Paul Ochmanek invites attorneys and law students to participate in the Young Lawyer Section's new Law Student Shadow Program. The program aims to assist law students in obtaining an understanding of the practice of law as well as serve as an introduction to our profession's many practice areas. Become involved with the program for as little as a single hour of your work day.! Learn more about the program or schedule opportunities at