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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.

YLS Shadow Program
YLS Chair Paul Ochmanek invites attorneys and law students to participate in the Young Lawyer Section's new Law Student Shadow Program. The program aims to assist law students in obtaining an understanding of the practice of law as well as serve as an introduction to our profession's many practice areas. Become involved with the program for as little as a single hour of your work day.! Learn more about the program or schedule opportunities at

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - May 28
The YLS 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. Click here for more information. Social immediately follow. See below.

May Social -May 28
Join the Young Lawyers Section after the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event on May 28, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Bar Louie in River North, 335 N Dearborn St, Chicago (at Dearborn & Kinzie). In addition to mingling with old and new friends, chat with all of the gentleman that just walked a mile in high heels to raise awareness for domestic violence. A limited number of complimentary drinks and appetizers will be available.

Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Jury Experiences Program
The Young Lawyers Section is gearing up with assist with the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s (CRFC) "Jury Experiences" program. CRFC is looking for small teams of attorneys (2-10 persons) to participate/lead mock trials this spring in Chicago Public Schools. Volunteers will work with 1st-3rd grade classes to conduct State v. Wolf or 4th-5th grade classes to conduct State v Bean. The trials are the concluding event in a year-long civic learning cohort between CRFC and the schools. Click for more information and list of dates and schools. To volunteer, please contact Jessica Chethik at 312/663-9057 x 218 ( or Anita Dellaria at 312/663-9057 x 205 (

How to Succeed in the Law as a Young Lawyer: Networking, Personal Branding, Client Development and More - June 5 (Reception Immediately Following)
Join us on June 5th to gain personal branding and communication tips as well as tips from Chicago’s top attorneys! From improving your speaking skills to developing your personal brand, a solid foundation is critical when starting a job search. Our job search experts will lead a dynamic discussion on laying the foundation for a successful job search through building your personal brand and speaking skills. In addition, get the inside scoop on everything from client development, working with partners and support staff, volunteerism, job search techniques, balancing priorities and more. Click here for more information or to register.

Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting - June 10
Attend the 2015 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 12:00 p.m., at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, 33 W. Kinzie, Chicago. Outgoing YLS Chair Paul J. Ochmanek Jr. will preside over the Meeting. Incoming Chair Matthew A. Passen will be introduced and special awards honoring outstanding Section members will also be presented. $40 per person (held at the door). To make a reservation, reserve online or call 312-554-2031. 

Spring into Summer Event - June 11
Spring into Summer with the CBF Young Professionals Board  and the CBA Young Lawyers Section on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Tradition Gastropub & Kitchen.  Help us kick off the summer and celebrate our access to justice efforts with drinks, food and mingling. This event brings people together to have fun, connect with other young professionals in the community, and learn more about the CBF’s work, all while raising money that advances the CBF’s access to justice efforts.  Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and include 3 drink tickets (beer, wine, call drinks) and appetizers).  A limited number of super early bird Casino Legale tickets will be sold for $75 at the event.  Raffle prizes include CBF event tickets, Cubs tickets and a private tour of KOVAL Distillery for up to 25 people. Get tickets at

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.