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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.  

Young Lawyers Section Children’s Book Drive-Nov 3 thru Dec 5
The YLS will collect new and gently used children’s books from November 3 to December 5, 2014. 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. 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 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 15, 2014, 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.

YLS Holiday Social-December 18
The weather outside may be frightful, but our holiday social is sure to be delightful! It’s never too early to start celebrating the holidays. Join us on Dec. 18th from 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m. at the law offices of Taft Stettinius & Hollister (111 E. Wacker Dr.). With a great view of Chicago, food, spirits, music and mingling with friends and colleagues, this social is sure to be a great way to enjoy the holiday season. Sponsored by Advanced Discovery.  Attendance is limited. You must rsvp to attend. Please rsvp to the YLS.

For more information on Advanced Discovery, contact  Alex Borosage at 312-813-3462.

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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