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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.

Law Week 2016: April 30-May 6
A full week of events celebrating the law with a featured judicial reception on May 5. All events are free for members.  See details at

Managing Your Law School Debt - May 13
Financial professionals will discuss options for student loan repayment as well as money and loan management that can make your life easier and put your worries to rest. Fre event will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at the CBA Building. Click for details and to register: In-person at CBA or Webcast.

Young Lawyers Section Open House - May 18
Attend the YLS Annual Open House on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Association Headquarters. 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. The reception is held annually in appreciation of the judges and lawyers who have volunteered their time and effort in support of the YLS during the past year. All members are welcome. Complimentary cocktails and appetizers. Click to register.

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.

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