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.
23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service
Fair – October 27
Marketing Your Skills – November 2
Get Social with the YLS at Vol.39 – November 3
Volunteer with the Chicago Bar Association's Wills for Heroes Program – November 5
Click here to sign up for November 5, 2016 clinic
The Wills for Heroes Foundation provides essential estate planning documents free of charge to our nation's veterans and first responders. The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and Exelon have partnered with the national Wills for Heroes Foundation to offer this service in Chicago. At our events, volunteers attorneys, who need no experience, prepare basic Wills and powers of attorney for first responders and veterans and their spouses or partners. Click here for a list of upcoming program dates and information about the program.
Judges Needed for CBA Moot Court
Young Lawyers Section Dear Santa Letters
Help a child enjoy the holidays...answer a Dear Santa Letter! This holiday season, the Young Lawyers Section will be distributing “Dear Santa” letters provided by Direct Effect Charities, a group that receives thousands of letters from disadvantaged youth from Chicago Public Schools requesting gifts from Santa. Here’s how it works: select a letter, purchase a few items the child has requested (approx. $25 or less), and mail the package directly to the child’s school. Complete instructions will be attached to the letter(s).
Click here to fill out the sign up form if you would like answer a “Dear Santa” letter or letters this year. Letters will be available for pick up at the CBA in late November (stop by our 1st floor bookstore) or the CBA will ship packages of 10 or more letters directly – a great option for law firms who can fulfill a large number of letters! Please include your address on the sign up form if you are ordering 10 or more letters and wish for them to be shipped to you.
Several volunteers are needed to process the letters received from
Direct Effect Charities. Volunteers will meet at the Chicago Bar
Association building (321 S Plymouth Ct) on November 9 at 6:15pm
for a pizza dinner and to open letters. If you would like to get
in the holiday spirit early, email Danielle Ahlzadeh Genter at firstname.lastname@example.org to
End Distracted Driving Initiative
Our End Distracted Driving Initiative is already generating a lot of positive buzz, but we still need your help to get the word out to local schools that might be interested in hosting an End Distracted Driving Presentation. We are also continually seeking out volunteers to visit high schools throughout Chicagoland to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving. Learn more here or fill out the volunteer application.
Mentor Legal Prep High School Students
The Young Lawyers Section is recruiting volunteers for Legal Prep Academy’s Mentoring Program. The program matches experienced professionals with Legal Prep sophomores, juniors, and seniors to strengthen their confidence, professionalism, and responsibility. The one-on-one meetings are held at the CBA Building monthly and are structured around particular goals and lesson plans to help guide and motivate the students to succeed in college and develop professionally. Legal Prep asks that mentors make a one year commitment to the program. To indicate your interest, fill out the mentor application. Contact Lena Walsh, mentor program coordinator, with questions at email@example.com.
Related Files2016 Legal Prep Mentoring Application