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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.


Illinois Bar Exam Bootcamp - September 28

All law students and bar takers are welcome to join the YLS Law Student and Professional Responsibility Committees for an Illinois Bar Exam Boot Camp taking place at the CBA Headquarters on September 28 from 4:45-7:30pm! First, mingle and discuss bar exam study tips with young lawyer CBA members over a complimentary pizza dinner starting at 4:45 p.m. Then, get a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know about applying to and studying for the Illinois Bar and the character and fitness process.  Speakers from ARDC, Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP), Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Barbri and more will share their insights. 

The program is open to all law students - CBA Law Student Members are free, $15 for nonmembers. Click here to learn more and to register. Nonmembers can join online at

Paths to Teaching Law – September 29

Have you ever thought about teaching law or wondered how to find law teaching opportunities?  During this interactive panel discussion, you will hear from multiple lawyers who have successfully transitioned from full-time law practice to teaching law as an adjunct or full-time professor.  Then they will share why they endeavored down the path to teaching law, how they found teaching opportunities, and what the process of becoming a law professor entailed. 1.00 IL MCLE PR Credit (pending approval) is available.  Register for the course by clicking here.

Storytelling for Lawyers – October 18
Lawyers are storytellers. We seek to convince our audience, whether it be in court or out, that our client’s story is true, important, and worthy of their attention. Keith Grant, Office of the Lake County Public Defender, and Larry Wood, Legal Assistance Foundation, will provide you with the tools necessary to craft an effective story and provide concrete examples of effective storytelling. The session will end with some tips and tricks to utilize if attendees hope to craft a story and participate in the upcoming Pro Bono Week Story Slam (Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community) on Tuesday, October 25. Seminar registration is $0 for CLE-Advantage Members and Law Student Members, $10 Member, and $20 Nonmembers. Webcast is also available. 1 IL PR-MCLE credit. Register online for the in-person seminar here, or the Webcast here, or call 312-554-2056.

 7 Key Strategies to Growing Your Book of Business through More Effective Networking – October 19

On October 19, join the Young Lawyers Section and Steve Fretzin of Sales Results to understand 7 key strategies to growing your book of business through more effective networking. Then, stick around and put those skills into practice at the networking social hour following the presentation where you will have an opportunity to mix and network with other young lawyers. The workshop takes place from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at Rockit Bar & Grill, 22 W. Hubbard St., Chicago, IL 60654. Networking reception immediately follows the workshop. Complimentary light appetizers and drinks will be served. Thank you to Cramer Law Chicago for sponsoring the event. Members free, Nonmembers $15. Register online here or call 312-554-2056.

CBA/CBF Pro Bono Week – October 24-28
The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation are pleased to present Chicago’s 12th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 24-28, 2016. Pro Bono Week celebrates lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educates the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. Events will include the Young Lawyers Section’s Pro Bono and Community Service Fair on October 27, free seminars and pro bono trainings. Visit to learn more.

Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community – October 25
As part of Pro Bono Week 2016, join The Chicago Bar Foundation and the Young Lawyers Section on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing. Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story related to the theme (justice) to share with attendees from the Chicago legal community. Those who volunteer to tell stories will be entered in a prize raffle. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend. Register for the free event here.

23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair – October 27
Meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. Join the YLS, CBA and CBF for the 23rd Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. The Fair will be held at the law offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Lawyers and law students from all backgrounds and levels of expertise are welcome. CBA members and non-members are both welcome. This event is free of charge and law students are welcome. Learn more or register here.

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for CBA Moot Court

The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 10-12, 2016, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 31 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 24 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 10 and 12 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 12 (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.

End Distracted Driving Initiative

Our End Distracted Driving Initiative is already generating a lot of positive buzz, but we still need your help to get the word out to local schools that might be interested in hosting an End Distracted Driving Presentation. We are also continually seeking out volunteers to visit high schools throughout Chicagoland to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.  Learn more here or fill out the volunteer application.

Mentor Legal Prep High School Students

The Young Lawyers Section is recruiting volunteers for Legal Prep Academy’s Mentoring Program. The program matches experienced professionals with Legal Prep sophomores, juniors, and seniors to strengthen their confidence, professionalism, and responsibility. The one-on-one meetings are held at the CBA Building monthly and are structured around particular goals and lesson plans to help guide and motivate the students to succeed in college and develop professionally. Legal Prep asks that mentors make a one year commitment to the program. To indicate your interest, fill out the mentor application. Contact Lena Walsh, mentor program coordinator, with questions at

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2016 Legal Prep Mentoring Application