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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 Meet the Committees Night - September 8

Wonder What YLS Committees Can Do For You? Join us for our annual ‘Meet the Committees’ networking social event -- your chance to match your professional and personal goals to the right YLS committee.  The Young Lawyers Section has 28 practice and specialty committees-everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Family Law to Women in the Law. Committees are a CBA member benefit-there are no extra fees to join or attend meetings. For more information, please click here.

Legal Prep’s Neighborhood Cleanup Day and Back-to-School BBQ - September 9

The YLS is pleased to partner with Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago's only legal-themed high school, and its partner organization Off the Street Club, on Friday, September 9, from 3:30-6:00 p.m. for its annual neighborhood clean up and back-to-school BBQ. Volunteers will assist students and parents with sprucing up the neighborhood immediately adjacent to the school while getting to know the students. As a thank you, volunteers are encouraged to stay for the BBQ.

20-30 volunteers are needed. Please wear comfortable clothes and prepare to get dirty. Clean up supplies will be provided on site. Legal Prep is located at 4319 W. Washington Blvd, Chicago IL, 60624. Transportation to the event is the responsibility of the volunteer. Sign up to volunteer here. Email with questions.

CBA Best Pie Baker Contest - September 10

The search is on to find the CBA best pie baker! Join us as Chicago lawyers, law students and friends square off in the Young Lawyers Section’s first annual pie competition benefiting the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center! All CBA members, law students, friends and family members (especially children) are welcome to attend and/or enter the competition. The competition will be judged by a panel of “celebrity” judges and the top three competitors will take home a prize. Not a baker? Come and watch the fun, grab a slice and enjoy great entertainment for families, including a face painter and balloon artist. For more information, contest rules, baker’s registration, and attendee RSVP, please click here.

Wills for Heroes - September 10

The Wills for Heroes Foundation provides essential estate planning documents free of charge to our nation's veterans and first responders. The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and Exelon have partnered with the national Wills for Heroes Foundation to offer this service in Chicago. At our events, volunteers attorneys, who need no experience, prepare basic Wills and powers of attorney for first responders and veterans and their spouses or partners. For more information and upcoming prgram dates, click here.

 Draft Advanced Directives at Serving Our Seniors Project  – September 15

The YLS invites you to participate in a Serving Our Seniors volunteer event on Thursday, September 15, 2016, from 1:00-3:30 p.m., at Mather's More Than a Cafe, 33 E. 83rd St., Chicago. The venue is conveniently located steps from the 79th Street Red Line stop. The Serving Our Seniors program brings low-income seniors added security and comfort by drafting simple advance directives. Volunteers do not need to have any experience with estate planning. Training is provided in two ways: (1) attend an in-person training with CLE credit on September 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Center for Disability & Elder Law, 205 W. Randolph, Suite 1610, Chicago, IL 60606; or (2) complete an online course at your convenience prior to the event. To volunteer and to be provided with the link to the training video, email Mollie Whitehead by September 7.

All Bar Welcome Reception - September 22

Join us for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Daniel M. Kotin and Young Lawyers Section Chair Kathryn C. Liss on Thursday, September 22, 2016, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to at 312-554-2057.

Arbitration & the Last Frontier of Trial Practice – September 22

The Young Lawyers Section is sponsoring a practice basics course focused on arbitration on September 22. “Arbitration and the Last Frontier of Trial Practice” will be held from 12:00-2:10 p.m. at the CBA Building, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL. The Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy, Circuit Court of Cook County,
Nicholas Standiford, Schain Banks Kenny & Schwartz Ltd., and Jonathan Amarilio, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, will speak.  Topics of discussion will include the 10 best practice tips on how to present a case/defense in arbitration, ethical issues, mechanics/procedures in the Cook County Mandatory arbitration program, and how to prepare a case/defense for arbitration, including witness prep, motion practice, etc.

Attendees will earn up to 2 IL PR-MCLE Credits. Register for this course here.

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

 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