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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 Holiday Social – December 8

This event is now at full capacity- To be added to the waitlist, please email us at

The Young Lawyers Section invites you to its Annual Holiday Social on Thursday, December 8, 2016, from 6:30-9:00 p.m., at the Law Offices of Schiff Hardin LLP, 233 S. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60606. The complimentary event will feature beer, wine and appetizers. Thank you to Schiff Hardin LLP for their generous sponsorship of the event.

Legal Prep Holiday Party with Off the Street Club - December 12

In conjunction with Off the Street Club, the Young Lawyers Section will host a holiday party for the students of Legal Prep Charter Academies, on December 12, 2016 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Volunteers are needed to serve snacks, read stories, and help with games. The party will be held at Off the Street Club, located at 25 N Karlov Ave. (transportation to and from is the volunteer's responsibility). To volunteer, contact the YLS Special Project Coordinator Andrew Stevens at

Planning Your Financial Future - Rescheduled to February 2

Join the Young Lawyers Section for a look at how to properly plan your finances from law school through retirement. Kristin Printon, Moxie Wealth Management, Scott Evans, Northwestern Mutual, and John N. Bielski II, The Bielski Law Office, will pay attention to three major areas of concern: managing day-to-day finances with debt, planning for a family, and estate planning.

The February 2nd event is free for members and will be held from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL. Register for either the in-person event at the CBA or the live Webcast. Nonmembers can register for only $20.

Young Lawyers Section Dear Santa Letters

Help a child enjoy the holidays...answer a Dear Santa Letter! This holiday season, the Young Lawyers Section will be distributing “Dear Santa” letters provided by Direct Effect Charities, a group that receives thousands of letters from disadvantaged youth from Chicago Public Schools requesting gifts from Santa.  Here’s how it works: select a letter, purchase a few items the child has requested (approx. $25 or less), and mail the package directly to the child’s school.  Complete instructions will be attached to the letter(s).

Click here to fill out the sign up form if you would like answer a “Dear Santa” letter or letters this year.  Letters will be available for pick up at the CBA in late November (stop by our 1st floor bookstore) or the CBA will ship packages of 10 or more letters directly – a great option for law firms who can fulfill a large number of letters!  Please include your address on the sign up form if you are ordering 10 or more letters and wish for them to be shipped to you.

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