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
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
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
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
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 www.chicagobar.org/lawweek.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.chicagobar.org/ylsmeeting
or call 312-554-2056.
Wills for Heroes: Estate Planning Attorneys Needed for Pro
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Check
back continually for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
2017 YLS Nominating Committee Slate
Liberty Nomination Packet 2017