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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.


Attorney/CPA Speed Learning Event - August 11
The Illinois CPA Society and Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association welcome members of both groups to join us for a "speed learning" event. Come share your knowledge during several fast-paced, facilitated discussions while making connections outside of your profession. Discussion topics will include: successful networking and business development strategies, uses of technology and practice management systems, understanding and correcting misperceptions about the legal and accounting professions, managing personal and professional priorities, how issues of diversity and inclusion impact each profession, and how attorneys and accountants can collaborate to better service clients. An open happy hour will follow in Illinois CPA Society's plaza and learning suites so you have time to continue conversations and meet others! Click here to register.

Boat Cruise on Chicago River & Lake Michigan - August 19
Join the YLS for an evening aboard a private charter on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan on Friday, August 19, 2016, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Board at the Wendella Dock on the north side of the river behind Trump Tower. Casual attire preferred. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at Ticket price includes open bar. Presented by Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund Inc. and ATG Legal Serve. Thank you to our event sponsors: JJ Capital Group Inc., Quarles & Brady LLP and McCorkle Court Reporters, Inc. Music provided by DJ Steve Kuzminski. Questions? Email the YLS.

CBA Best Pie Baker Contest - September 10

The search is on to find the CBA best pie baker! Join us as Chicago lawyers, law students and friends square off in the Young Lawyers Section’s first annual pie competition benefiting the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center! All CBA members, law students, friends and family members (especially children) are welcome to attend and/or enter the competition. The competition will be judged by a panel of “celebrity” judges and the top three competitors will take home a prize. Not a baker? Come and watch the fun, grab a slice and enjoy great entertainment for families, including a face painter and balloon artist. For more information, contest rules, baker’s registration, and attendee RSVP, please click here.

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