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.

Mentor a Legal Prep High School Student – Legal Prep’s Mentoring Program provides an opportunity for professionals and graduate students to build relationships with high school students. Legal Prep is a legal themed college prep high school in Chicago’s West Garfield Park Neighborhood.  Mentors are paired with a single support to support strengthening their confidence, professionalism, and responsibility towards themselves, their future and their communities.  The once monthly meetings are structured around particular goals and lesson plans to help guide and motivate the students to succeed in college and develop professionally.  For more info and to sign up click here.

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 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.

Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting – June 6
Please join us for the YLS Annual Meeting on June 6, 2018. 2017-2018 Chair Jonathan Amarilio of Taft Law will preside over the meeting and celebrate the Section's many accomplishments and outstanding committees, seminars and special projects. Incoming Chair Brandon E. Peck of Peck Ritchey LLC will be introduced. A cocktail reception will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Special thanks to our sponsors Citywide Title Corporation, InfoTrack, and LexisNexis. Order tickets online or call 312-554-2056.

The Section will honor the following individuals for their contributions during the 2017-2018 bar year: Amie Bauer, Circuit Court of Cook County, Matthew Misichko, Handler Thayer, and Lindsey Purdy, The Collins Law Firm, chairs of the Corporate Practice Committee, will receive the David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service; Octavio Duran, Hart David & Carson, will receive the Milton H. Gray Award for Outstanding Project Leadership; Tracy A. Brammeier, Clifford Law Offices, and Nykoel Kahn, Froum Law Group, will both receive the Rising Star Award for a Leader with Exceptional Promise; and Alexis Crawford Douglas, K&L Gates, will receive the Impact Award For a Leader with Substantial Impact on the Section.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - June 14
Get Ready to Walk! And Shed Light on Violence Against Women. The Young Lawyers Section has teamed up with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® to organize a unique walk for men through Chicago's Loop. Men are invited to literally walk one mile through Chicago's Loop in women's high-heeled shoes (women are invited to participate and support the male walkers). The event aims to raise awareness about the cause and effects of sexualized violence and will be a fun way to get people talking about a very difficult subject. See details and register at

Young Lawyers Section Social Hour - June 14
Grab a friend and join the CBA/YLS at the Hyatt Regency's BIG Bar, 151 E. Wacker Dr, Chicago, on June 14 at 6:00 p.m. Free drinks and appetizers while they last, followed by cash bar. No RSVP necessary. Nonmembers welcome.  Special thanks to Barkley Court Reporters and Exponent.