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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.


Notice of 2016 Young Lawyers Section Election
The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section announces the 2016 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 2016-2017 bar year should submit a letter of intention to Jennifer Byrne via email at no later than February 26, 2016. 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).

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 High School Students Interested in the Law
The YLS is teaming up with students enrolled in Law & Public Safety at Al Raby Community and Environment High School to conduct its annual eMentoring program. Over a 14-week period, lawyer volunteers commit to participating in the February 29 kickoff luncheon held at the CBA, a weekly email exchange, a mid-term visit to Al Raby, and the May 11 closing luncheon at the CBA. Topics of the e-mail exchanges include substantive legal topics in their curriculum, college/law school prep, job interviewing, and the practice of law. 25 volunteers are needed, to get involved in the project email YLS Project Coordinator Chastidy Burns.

Serving Our Seniors - February 18
Join us at Mather's More Than A Cafe, located at 33 E. 83rd St. in Chicago, on February 18, 2016, at 1:00-3:30 p.m. and assist local seniors with advance directives such as powers of attorney.  To volunteer, email Mila Gumin at  or Patrick Bushnell.

Texas Hold'em Goes to Mardi Gras - February 19
 The YLS invites you to head to the French Quarter for an evening of Texas Hold'em and fun for all. Non-players can watch the table action while enjoying N'awlins inspired food, drink and entertainment. All proceeds benefit The Chicago Bar Foundation. 6:30 p.m. player check-in, play begins at 7:00 p.m. The event will be held at The Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL. Visit for all the details and purchase tickets.

Wills for Heroes - February 20
Volunteer with Wills for Heroes and help provide essential legal documents free of charge to our city’s first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. The YLS is in need of volunteers willing to help out on Saturday, February 20 at Chicago Police Department Headquarters.  Learn more here or fill out the volunteer application.

Chicago Metro History Fair - February 27
The YLS is looking for volunteers to help 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, Illinois on February 27, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.  One of the winning students will receive a $250 scholarship sponsored by the YLS! To volunteer, email Robert Albrecht.

Government Service Career Fair - March 3
If you are considering a career working for the government, attend the Young Lawyers Section’s annual Government Service Career Fair on Thursday, March 3, 2016, 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. View a list of agencies in attendance and register.

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

Related Files
Notice of Election 2016