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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.

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

YLS March Social- March 26
Football season’s over, spring is in the air and March Madness has begun.  Tip the season off and join the YLS at Celtic Crossings (751 N. Clark) from 7-9 p.m. for the March Social!  Located in the Gold Coast and considered a Chicago Irish Bar Institution, this will be the perfect location to catch up with friends and colleagues. Bring your brackets, the games will be on! Live music will start at 9 p.m. We hope to see you there! Complimentary Guiness and other specials will be available. Cheers!

Donate Gently Worn Formal Dresses and Accessories-Thru March 31
Is your closet still cluttered with dresses from weddings, proms and other formal events that you’ll never wear again?  The Young Lawyers Section is collecting gently worn (and clean) prom dresses, formals, bridesmaid dresses, jewelry, evening bags, unworn nylons, unopened makeup and formal gloves to the Glass Slipper Project.  All sizes are needed.  Drop your donations on the first floor of the CBA Building (321 S. Plymouth Ct.). 

YLS Seeking Liberty Bell Award Nominations -Due April 10
Nominate a candidate for the Liberty Bell Award by Friday. This award recognizes a nonlawyer who has rendered service that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law. Click here to download the nomination form.

YLS Trip to Springfield - April 29
The Young Lawyers Section is set to explore Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The group will depart by bus from the CBA (or make your own arrangements to drive/carpool) to explore Springfield, learn more about Illinois' legislative process, how to lobby and make new connections. Click here for more details or to register.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - May 28
The YLS 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. Click here for more information.

CBA Administrators
Whether you are a student, recent graduate or waiting for your employer’s health insurance benefits to begin, the professionals at CBA Administrators Inc., an affiliate of The Chicago Bar Association, can assist you with health or other insurance questions. Check out these and our other insurance programs at or call (312) 554-2075.