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 Nominating Committee Slate

Pursuant to Section 5.4 of Article V of the By-Laws of the Young Lawyers Section, the Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section submits the following slate of candidates for election to the offices indicated. The term of office for each position to be filled shall be one year from the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section to the 2018 Annual Meeting, except the Co-Editors in Chief of the YLS Journal and the Directors shall have two-year terms. If you have questions, please call Jennifer Byrne, YLS Director, at 312-554-2031. Click here to view the 2017 YLS Nominating Committee Slate.

Liberty Bell Nominations – Due April 21
Consider nominating a non-lawyer for the Liberty Bell Award by April 21.  The award recognizes a member of our community who has rendered service that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under the law.  Please help us promote the ideals of justice, liberty and the importance of individual and community responsibility.  Click here for more details and the nomination form.

YLS Government Service Career Fair - April 27 (free for members)
If you are interested in working for the government, attend the Young Lawyers Section’s annual Government Service Career Fair on Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. The event gives young lawyers and law students the opportunity to meet representatives from local government offices. Enjoy light appetizers as you network and discover what the agencies in attendance are looking for in new hires. Resumes will be accepted at the discretion of the agencies. Free for members, $15 Nonmember (Not a member yet? Join the CBA as a law student member for only $12). Register online or call 312-554-2056.

Purchase a Pinwheel to Benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

The YLS is selling pinwheels to be displayed during Law Week (May 1- May 5) in a Pinwheel Garden in the lobby of the CBA Building. We encourage you to make a minimum donation of $5 per pinwheel, and to include your name on your donation, so that your contribution can be acknowledged in our Pinwheels for Prevention® garden. Proceeds of your pinwheel purchase will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Click here to purchase a pinwheel!

Young Lawyers Section Celebrates Law Week with a Focus on Children’s Rights- May 1-5

The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2017 from May 1 to May 5. The Young Lawyers Section has chosen to incorporate the American Bar Association’s Law Week theme of “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy” by focusing on how the 14th Amendment extends to protect and shape the rights of children, the future of our democracy.

Events include Ask-a-Lawyer Day, a celebration of the law at Daley Plaza and a “Lunch with a Judge” in the Daley Center, seminars on Advocating for the Rights of Children, and The Legacy of Brown v. The Board of Education, and volunteer opportunities with Lawyers in the Classroom and Legal Prep Charter Academy and a Judge's Reception . The YLS will also be collecting blankets, backpacks, and suitcases for children in foster care in the CBA lobby and selling Pinwheels for $5 to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. All members and law students are encouraged to attend an event. Register and see details at

YLS Repacking Day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository – May 13
The YLS is seeking volunteers for a day of fun and to help those in need at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (4100 W Ann Lurie Pl, Chicago, IL 60632) on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 1:00-3:45 p.m. Volunteers will work on the repacking line inspecting, cleaning, and sorting donated products for distribution to soup kitchens, pantries, and homeless shelters. After the repacking event, volunteers are invited join the group for dinner. Please email Carolyn Howard at to volunteer and be provided the registration link. All volunteers need to register in order to volunteer in the warehouse and must complete the registration process by no later than May 11. Volunteers must wear long pants, sleeved shirts and closed shoes with nonskid soles. Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – May 18
Get Ready to Walk! And Shed Light on Violence Against Women. The Young Lawyers Section has teamed up with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® to organize a unique walk for men through Chicago's Loop. Men are invited to literally walk one mile through Chicago's Loop in women's high-heeled shoes (women are invited to participate and support the male walkers). The event aims to raise awareness about the cause and effects of sexualized violence and will be a fun way to get people talking about a very difficult subject. See details and register.

YLS Annual Meeting – June 7
All members are invited to attend the YLS Annual Meeting on June 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m., at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago. 2016-2017 Chair Kathryn Carso Liss will preside over the meeting and celebrate the Section's many accomplishments and outstanding committees, seminars and special projects. The Section will honor the following individuals for their contributions during the 2016-2017 bar year: Maryam Fakouri, Columbia College, and Ross Hersemann, Loading Law, chairs of the Creative Arts Committee, will receive the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service; Alexander Memmen, The Memmen Law Firm, will receive the Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership; and Thomas Cramer, Cramer Law Chicago P.C., will receive the Rising Star Award for a Leader with Exceptional Promise. A cocktail reception will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person. Register at or call 312-554-2056.

Wills for Heroes: Estate Planning Attorneys Needed for Pro Bono Opportunities
Do you have experience in estate planning? Are you looking for a pro bono opportunity that doesn't involve a long-term commitment? Consider volunteering with Wills for Heroes, a monthly program that drafts basic estate planning documents for first responders and veterans. Check out our web page or contact for more info and to sign up for our mailing list.

End Distracted Driving Initiative
We are continually seeking out volunteers to visit high schools throughout Chicagoland to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.  More information and materials are available at www.chicagobarorg/edd. To assist with the initiative, please email  Check back continually for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Related Files
2017 YLS Nominating Committee Slate
Liberty Nomination Packet 2017