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 Book and Supply Drive for Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth Tutoring Students
Get in the holiday spirit this year by contributing to the YLS’ book and supply drive for the students of the Lawyers Lend-a-Hand to Youth tutoring program! The tutoring program partners with the Montessori School of Englewood, a public charter school, to provide free one-to-one tutoring and mentoring to students from Englewood (visit to learn more). To donate supplies, click here for the student’s “Amazon Wish List” and then purchase any of the requested items of your choosing. All books and supplies purchased from the list will be delivered to the CBA Building and packaged by YLS volunteers to be sent home with the students over their winter break from school. The YLS will host a pizza party to package the donated items on December 14, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm. To attend and assist in packing the donated items, RSVP at to Tim Meloy at 

Become a Part of the CBA Anti-Violence Task Force to Make a Difference
The Young Lawyers Section has recently launched an Anti-Violence Task Force as an avenue for attorneys of all backgrounds to help remedy Chicago’s violence problem. The Task Force is a network of attorneys committed to facilitating connections between Chicago’s legal community and leaders and organizations contributing to solutions to Chicago’s violence problems.  The committee is currently seeking new members interested in having conversations about how to put an end to Chicago’s violence problems and volunteering directly with community organizations that are making a difference. CBA members may join the Anti-Violence Task Force, by visiting and selecting “Anti-Violence Task Force” from the list of Service Committees. You will then begin receiving notices of meetings and volunteer opportunities.

Organizations interested in joining the Task Force’s network of participating organizations should click here to complete the organization submission form.

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for CBA Moot Court
The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 16-18, 2017, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 32 teams are competing from across the country. The YLS needs attorneys to act as competition judges and brief graders. Volunteer brief graders will be asked to review and critique approximately 4-5 briefs the week of October 23 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 16 and 17 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 18 (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Competition judges are eligible to earn Illinois MCLE credit. To volunteer, fill out the appropriate volunteer form: Brief Grader and/or Competition Judge.

Join the YLS and PRBA for a Social to Raise Funds for Puerto Rico – November 28
Join the Young Lawyers Section and the Puerto Rican Bar Association for “Lawyers for Puerto Rico,” a social and fundraiser for hurricane relief on November 28, 2017 at 5:30pm at The Chicago Bar Association (321 S. Plymouth Court). The event will feature live music, drinks and appetizers courtesy of our generous sponsor Clifford Law Offices.  Remarks will be given by Puerto Rican attorney Pedro Soler.  Tickets are priced at $25 for students/government attorneys, $50 for individual admission and $250 for groups of five. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Hurricane Relief Fund of the Puerto Rican Agenda. RSVP to Vincent Waller at or click here to purchase tickets. 

New Lawyer Basic Skills Course - November 29
The CBA's Basic Skills Course for newly admitted attorneys will be held on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at the CBA Building (also available online). The course is offered free to newly admitted members of the bar upon registration with the CBA for a free one year membership (includes free continuing legal education). It is anticipated this course will satisfy the New Lawyer Basics Skills Requirement. If you have more questions on the requirement, visit Topics of discussion will include ethics for new lawyers, social media, communication issues in the workplace, civility in the profession, pro bono, research, and diversity in the profession. To learn more about the course and register, click here. To learn more about the free one-year membership for newly admitted attorneys, click here.

YLS Holiday Social – December 7
Join us for the Young Lawyers Section Annual Holiday Social which will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm hosted generously by the law firm of Jenner & Block (353 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654). Get in the holiday spirit as you mingle with other young lawyers over complimentary beer, wine and appetizers!  Hurry and RSVP by clicking here as space is limited.

Early Bird Tickets Now on Sale for Disco Nights Casino Night – February 23, 2018
Get ready to do a little dance, play a little cards and get down tonight with the Young Lawyers Section at “Disco Nights,” our 11th annual casino night fundraiser benefiting The Chicago Bar Foundation!  In celebration of the CBF’s 70th Anniversary we’ll be getting down 1970’s-style in our best disco duds at an evening featuring table games, a Texas Hold’em Tournament, and food and drink at The University Club on February 23, 2018. Proceeds from the evening support the CBF’s work in Chicago's legal community to make the justice system more fair and accessible for everyone. Tickets on sale now at!