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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 Presents Slate of 2018-2019 Officers and Directors
Pursuant to Section 5.4 of Article V of the By-Laws of the Young Lawyers Section, the Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section submits its slate of candidates for election to the offices indicated. The term of office for each position to be filled shall be one year from the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section to the 2019 Annual Meeting, except the Co-Editors in Chief of the YLS Journal and the Directors shall have two-year terms. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Byrne at 312-554-2031.


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 www.chicagobar.org/committees 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.


Meet the Judges Reception & Liberty Bell Award Presentation - May 3

Join the YLS for a meet and greet with judges from the Illinois Appellate Court, Federal Court and Circuit Court of Cook County, and to celebrate Law Day (officially May 1). A member of the judiciary will join us as our keynote speaker and will present The Liberty Bell Award and an award to the winner. Space is limited, so click here to register today!


Law Day Public Celebration - May 4 - 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Join us at the Richard J. Daley Center, where the CBA's Barristers Big Band will perform musical selections and members of the Chicago legal community will give personal reflections on the Law Week theme, Separation of Powers: Framework for FreedomClick here for further information about Law Week.


YLS May Social at STK on Thursday, May 10 from 6:00pm
Grab a friend and join the CBA/YLS at 9 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654, on May 10th at 6:00 p.m. Free drinks and appetizers while they last, followed by cash bar. No RSVP necessary. Non-members welcome. Special thanks to LawPay.


YLS Lunch with Judge Patricia Spratt - May 21
The YLS Lunch with a Judge series strives to provide young lawyers with the unique opportunity to hear from a member of the bench in an intimate setting. On May 21, Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Patricia Spratt will discuss "A Peek Under the Tent: Civil Litigation Tips Seasoned Judges Share with New Members of the Bench." The luncheon event will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Suite 2800, 111 E Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL. A complimentary lunch will be served courtesy of Taft. No IL MCLE Credit. Click here to register.