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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.


Join the CBA Race Judicata Team - September 10
The Young Lawyers Section has joined forces with The Chicago Bar Foundation Young Professionals Board for Race Judicata 2015. Race Judicata is a 5k run/walk to benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), an organization of over 2,300 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans. This year’s race will be held September 10 at 6:30 pm. To join the YLS/YPB team, register here. During the registration process, indicate that you would like to “join a team that was created by someone else.” Then select “YLS/YPB” from the drop-down menu. Register by August 21 and save $5!

YLS Meet the Committees Night - September 17
Come out and meet the Young Lawyers Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 17, 2015, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Nonmembers and law students welcome. Register online.

Legal Prep Neighborhood Cleanup Day – September 19
Join students and parents from Legal Prep Charter Academy for a neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Volunteers will assist students in sprucing up the neighborhood spaces immediately adjacent to Legal Prep which are used for physical education and after-school programming. Volunteers will have a chance to interact with Legal Prep students while benefitting the immediate neighborhood surrounding the school. Following the clean-up, there will be a back-to-school BBQ to get the students excited about the school year and to thank the volunteers for assisting with the project. Volunteers will meet at Legal Prep, 4319 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago IL, 60624 at 10 a.m. Lunch will start at 12:00 p.m. (volunteers are not required to stay for lunch). Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer. To sign up, email David J. Stein. Law student members welcome.

All Bar Welcome Reception - September 24
Join the CBA for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Patricia Brown Holmes and Young Lawyers Section Chair Matthew A. Passen on Thursday, September 24, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057.

Casino Legale (A Speakeasy Soiree) - September 25
Join The Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board and The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for the 8th annual casino night fundraiser, Casino Legale—A Speakeasy Soiree. The event will be held September 25, 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. Guests will be transported to the roaring twenties for a fun-filled night of casino games, jazz, illicit libations and delicious bites that'll keep you going all night. Dress as a gangster or silent screen star. Come as the flapper you are. You don't want to miss this one, it's going to the best so far! Individual tickets $125 ($100 through Sept. 4). Buy tickets or find out more at

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