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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.


Lunch with a Judge - December 8
Join the YLS for Lunch with a Judge on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 12:00-1:30 p.m., at Association Headquarters, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL. The  series allows members the unique opportunity to learn from a member of the bench in an intimate setting. Judges share tips and strategies on how to impress while in court and often share their personal journeys to the bench. On December 8, hear from Justice Jesse G. Reyes of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District. Pizza lunch courtesy of the YLS will be served. Register online or call 312-554-2056.

Young Lawyers Section Holiday Party - December 17
You are invited to the Young Lawyers Section Holiday Social on Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the law firm of Holland & Knight. Join us for food, spirits, music, and mingling with members of the CBA, all with a great view of Chicago. Holland & Knight is located at 131 S. Dearborn, 30th Floor, Chicago, IL. Space is limited, click here to RSVP by December 11. Special thanks to our sponsors: Kenrich Group, CBA Administrators, Yadkin Small Business Lending and The Passen Law Group.

Texas Hold'em Goes to Mardi Gras - February 19
 The Young Lawyers Section 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. $100 per poker player on or before December 31, 2015 ($125 after 1/1/2016); $75 per nonplayer attendee on or before December 31, 2015 ($100 on or after 1/1/2016). Visit for all the details and purchase tickets.

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