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.

Leadership Positions Open: Notice of 2018 YLS Election
The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section announces the 2018 election for Section Officers. The Election will be governed by Article V-Elections of the YLS By-Laws.

The offices to be filled are as follows: First Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to Chair), Second Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to First Vice-Chair), Secretary/Treasurer, Member Service Manager, Public Service Manager, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the YLS Journal of the CBA Record, two Project officers, and five Directors. All offices are one-year terms, except that Directors and the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the YLS Journal, will serve two-year terms.

YLS members interested in seeking a position for the 2018-2019 bar year should submit a letter of intention via email at no later than February 21, 2018. The letter of intent should include your name, contact information (including phone number), and the position you would like to be considered for.

Click here to view the YLS Notice of Election (PDF).

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.

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!  

YLS Lunch with Justice Reyes (Illinois Appellate Court) - March 1

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 March 1, Illinois Appellate Court Justice Jesse Reyes will discuss "Civility and the Art of Advocacy." The luncheon event will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, 111 E Upper Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601. A complimentary lunch will be served courtesy of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. No IL MCLE Credit. Register online or call 312-554-2056.

YLS March Social at Highline - March 1
Grab a friend and join the CBA/YLS at Highline Kitchen + Bar, 169 W. Kinzie St., Chicago, on March 1 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 Thomson Reuters.

Access Success: Creating Opportunities for Attorneys with Disabilities - March 6
The Young Lawyers Section is pleased to host an "Access Success" event on March 6, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the Microsoft AON Center, 200 E. Randolph, Chicago, IL. Access Success is a live event showcasing attorneys and law students with disabilities and introducing them to law firm and law departments interested in expanding their own networks of able counsel. Click here to register.