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.

Notice of 2017 Young Lawyers Section Election - Deadline February 22

The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section announces the 2017 elections for Section Officers. The Election will be governed by Article V-Elections of the YLS By-Laws. The offices to be filled are as follows: First Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to Chair), Second Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to First Vice-Chair), Secretary/Treasurer, Member Service Manager, Public Service Manager, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the YLS Journal of the CBA Record, two Project officers, and five Directors. All offices are one-year terms, except that Directors and the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the YLS Journal, will serve two-year terms.

YLS members interested in seeking a position for the 2017-2018 bar year should submit a letter of intention to Jennifer Byrne via email at no later than February 22, 2017. The letter of intent should include your name, contact information (including phone number), and the position you would like to be considered for. Click here to view the YLS Notice of Election (PDF).

Miami Nights: A Casino Night featuring a Texas Hold’em Tournament – February 24

Shake off the cold weather and raise funds for The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) while enjoying an exciting evening with your colleagues and friends at "Miami Nights!" The Young Lawyers Section invites you to The University Club on February 24, 2017 for an evening of table games, a Texas Hold’em Tournament, and South Beach inspired food and drink. Proceeds from the evening support the CBF’s work in Chicago's legal community to make the justice system more fair and accessible for everyone. Attendees can choose from an all-access pass that includes the poker tournament or a standard casino pass (early bird rate effective until Feb. 10). Visit to learn more and purchase tickets.

Chicago Metro History Fair (Opportunity to Give Back to Area High School Students) - February 25

Volunteer to judge papers and exhibits that public elementary and high school students create for the Chicago Metro History Fair taking place at Niles North High School in Skokie on February 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. To volunteer, email Tom Cramer at

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

Related Files
2016 Legal Prep Mentoring Application
Notice of Election 2017