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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.

Donate Men’s and Women’s Gently-Used Suits for New YLS Project
The Young Lawyers Section is launching a new project aimed at helping high school seniors get ready to interview for their first jobs. Suits for Success will provide approximately 75 male and 75 female students from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School with the skills and ascetics needed to excel during an interview. Elements of the project include providing the students with donated suits, personal resume tips, and conducting mock interviews.

Donations of gently-used suits (clean and in dry cleaning bags) can be dropped in the lobby of the Chicago Bar Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago through October 30.

Members interested in helping with the resume and interview portions of the project, should send an email to Helena Trachtenberg. General questions regarding donations should be directed to the YLS.  

Lunch with a Judge-October 16
You're invited to have lunch with Hon. Larry Axelrood, Circuit Court of Cook County. The judge will give thoughts on his experience before becoming a judge and offer helpful tips on what young lawyers should know. You must be a CBA member or law student member to attend and you must register in advance of the lunch. Limit 100 persons. Click here to register.

21st Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair-October 23
Meet with representatives from almost 50 of Chicago's legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with likeminded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. This year's event is being generously hosted at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, 155 N Wacker Dr., Chicago. Refreshments will be served. Please note: This complimentary event is open to law students and lawyers of all levels of legal experience. The evening's program will indicate the level of experience required by a particular organization. Presented by The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association. Co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation and SkaddenClick here to register.

Trick-or-Treating with Off The Street Club-October 25
Join us for an afternoon of trick-or-treating! The YLS is teaming up with Off The Street Club kids at the Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo on Saturday, October 25th from 11 am - 2 pm.

Join the kids as they collect treats, make crafts and enjoy entertainment at the zoo while dressed in their best or spookiest costumes. Costumes are encouraged, but not necessary. Are you brave enough to go through the haunted house? We hope to see you there! Please RSVP to 

Young Lawyers Section Children’s Book Drive-Nov 4 thru Dec 6
The YLS will collect new and gently used children’s books from November 4 to December 6, 2013. All books will be donated to homeless shelters, the children’s waiting room at the Daley Center, Carole Robertson Center for Learning, the Cook County Juvenile Justice Center, and Bookworm Angels. Drop off in the CBA lobby (321 S. Plymouth Ct.).

CBA Moot Court Competition (Volunteers Needed) - November 13-15
The YLS is hosting its 33rd Annual Moot Court Competition on November 13-15, 2014, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 30 teams are competing from across the country.
The YLS needs attorneys to act as competition judges and brief graders. Volunteer brief graders are asked to review and critique approximately 4-5 briefs near the middle of October and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 13 and 14 (5:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 15 (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Competition judges are eligible to earn Illinois MCLE credit.
Click here to volunteer to grade briefs.
Click here to volunteer to judge.

Building Your Financial Future: Creating (and Sticking to) Long-Term Goals -November 13
Do you ever stress about money? Whether tackling student loan debt, looking to invest, or just needing some assurance, managing your finances can be one of the most emotionally fraught aspects of your life. Practicing law today also brings additional challenges that too often prevent attorneys from adequately addressing their own situation. During this session, Kristin Brandli, Independent Financial Consultant, will provide practical tools and tips to help you define your goals and create long-term financial strategies that address every level of your "financial house." Free for members. Click here to register.

Volunteers Needed for Wills for Heroes Event –November 15
Volunteers are needed for a Wills for Heroes Foundation event on November 152014, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Chicago Police Department Headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago. At the event, volunteer lawyers help create free wills and other estate planning documents for local emergency first responders and their spouses or partners. Non-attorneys and law students can help too! A short training takes place at 8:00 a.m., followed by the event at 9:00 a.m. Free parking is available. Sign up to volunteer. For more information, contact Svetlana Gitman

Young Lawyers Section Dear Santa Letters
Help a child enjoy the holidays...answer a Dear Santa Letter! The YLS will be distributing “Dear Santa” letters provided by Direct Effect Charities, a group that receives thousands of letters from disadvantaged youth from Chicago Public Schools requesting gifts from Santa. Simply select a letter, purchase a few items the child has requested, and mail the package. Letters will be available at the CBA (321 S. Plymouth Ct.) in late November/early December or if you would like to distribute letters at your firm, contact the YLS at 312-554-2031 or Complete instructions will be attached to the letter.

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.

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