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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.


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, return the mentor application to Lena Walsh, Mentor Program Coordinator at Please contact Lena with any questions or for additional information.

Help Law Students Prepare for First Legal Job with Mock Interviews - May 25
The Young Lawyers Section is inviting law student members to join us for a speed interviewing workshop on May 25 and we need your help! Members are needed to conduct several fast-paced mock interviews with the law students. The interviews will be followed by a networking reception where law students can mix and mingle with the interviewing attorneys. This event is a fantastic opportunity for students to experience a “real world” interview and to meet CBA members. Attorney volunteers will be provided copies of the law student’s resumes 24 hours in advance of the event. The workshop will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the CBA Building. Click to fill out the volunteer sign up sheet.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - May 26
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. Click here for more information.

YLS May Social - May 26
Come celebrate with the participants of "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" at the YLS May Social on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at STK Chicago (9 W. Kinzie, Chicago). Complimentary drinks while they last. Generously sponsored by Bekkerman Law Offices LLC.

Improv for Professionals: Improve Your Communication & Collaboration - June 2
Join the Young Lawyers Section on June 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Hub 51 to be a part of Improv for Professionals. Instructors will lead small groups designed to teach you how to say "yes" and let go of your inner critic as well as better understand the power of communication and collaboration. $40 per person (includes appetizers, beer & wine). Registration is required for the Workshop online or call 312-554-2056.

Annual Meeting - June 8
Attend the YLS Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m., at Petterino's, 150 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60601. $45 per person (held at the door). To make a reservation, call 312-554-2031.

Young Lawyers Summer Outing at Wrigley Field - July 19
Join the Young Lawyers Section for a special outing to Wrigley Field as the Cubs take on the New York Mets, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $38 and can be purchased online. We’ll be meeting at Murphy’s Bleachers (3655 N. Sheffield) at 5:30 p.m. to socialize before the game (refreshments/food on your own). At 6:30 p.m. we will head to the game, where we’ll cheer on the cubs from the right field bleachers.  We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact

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

Related Files
2016 Legal Prep Mentoring Application