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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. 

All Bar Welcome Reception - September 18
Join us for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Daniel A. Cotter and Young Lawyers Section Chair Paul J. Ochmanek Jr. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057.

YLS Boat Cruise - September 19
Cruise into Fall with Young Lawyers Section! On September 19, members of Chicago's legal community are welcome to join the YLS's Social Committee for an evening aboard a private charter on the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. This fun, social event will depart at 8:00 p.m. from the Wendella Dock on the North side of the Chicago River near Trump Tower. Guests are welcome. The $50 ticket price includes an open bar. Casual attire is preferred. Boat will re-dock at approximately 11:00 p.m. Click here for more information or to buy tickets.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Ben Hengels, 312.578.0887

Creative Counsel
Joseph Glenn, 312.386.2300

Ogletree Deakins

Legal Prep Neighborhood Cleanup Day – September 20
Join students and parents from Legal Prep Charter Academy for a neighborhood cleanup day on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Volunteers will assist the students in sprucing up the neighborhood immediately adjacent to Legal Prep in which they participate for physical education activities as well as after-school programming. This project gives volunteers a chance to interact with Legal Prep students while benefitting the immediate neighborhood surrounding the school. Following the clean-up, there will be a back-to-school BBQ to get the students excited about the school year and to thank the volunteers for assisting with the project. Volunteers will meet at Legal Prep, 4319 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago IL, 60624 at 10 a.m. The BBQ will go from 12-1:30 p.m. Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer. To sign up, contact
David J. Stein. Law student members welcome.

CBA Night with the Chicago Cubs-September 24
The Chicago Cubs and the CBA are teaming up to extend a special offer to all CBA members. This exclusive offer includes a special group rate for the game against the St. Louis Cardinals on September 24th at 7:05 p.m. Come out and celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th Anniversary with your family and friends. We hope to welcome you and your guests to Wrigley Field this season! Click here for information on ordering and pricing. Click here to purchase tickets.

Casino Legale-September 26
Join the CBF Young Professionals Board of The Chicago Bar Foundation and CBA Young Lawyers Section at the 7th annual Casino Legale event on September 26 from 7-11 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E Washington). Guests will be transported to New Orleans’ famed French Quarter for a fun-filled night of casino games, jazz, lively libations and delicious southern fare. One lucky winner will go home with the evening’s Grand Prize—a trip for two to New Orleans!

Proceeds from the event allow the CBF to continue working to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

YLS Repack Night at GCFD—October 8
Spend an evening serving the community while getting to know other young lawyers! The YLS needs volunteers to work at the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, from 6:00-8:45 p.m. Pizza and soda will be served. Volunteers will work on the repacking line inspecting, cleaning, and sorting donated products for distribution to soup kitchens, pantries, and homeless shelters. Volunteers must wear long pants, sleeved shirts and closed shoes with nonskid soles. The GCFD is located on the Southwest side of Chicago (not far from Midway Airport). For more information or to volunteer, please contact project coordinator 
Stephanie Lieberman.

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 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.

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 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.

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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