Career Advancement Program

The Career Advancement Program (CAP) is designed to help members of all experience levels and backgrounds move forward in their careers. This special program features longtime Chicago lawyer and career advancement professional Kathy Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd. Kathy has been helping lawyers of all skill levels and practice areas navigate the Chicago legal job market for decades. 

The CAP program provides:
  • Complimentary and low cost in-person and webcast seminars. See calendar of events for upcoming and on demand programs. 
  • Complimentary one-on-one career counseling sessions at the CBA.
  • Helpful on-demand videos on the CBA's YouTube Channel.
  • Special programming at the CBA's annual membership week in May.


About Kathy:

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Kathy Morris is the featured career counselor at the center of the Chicago Bar Association’s multi-dimensional Career Advancement Program (CAP).

After handling criminal cases in courtrooms from Massachusetts to Hawaii and directing the Career Services office at Northwestern Law School, where she also was a faculty member over the years teaching legal ethics, Kathy opened Under Advisement, Ltd. in 1988 to help lawyers and law students find jobs and enjoy satisfying careers. She also created a Career Resource Center for the ABA in 2000 and the ABA Legal Career Central in 2015.
Kathy is also an innovator in attorney professional development, most recently creating a nationwide lawyer training platform for Sidley. She founded the Chicago Law Firm Training Consortium and was a charter Board Member of the Professional Development Consortium. She is a frequent speaker, author, and a 2023 member of the Forbes Coaches Council as well as the leader of its worldwide Women Coaches Group.

Follow Kathy on Twitter at @LawyerCounselor.
Upcoming CAP Events:

Individual Career Counseling Sessions
Speak with CBA Featured Career Counselor Kathy Morris over Zoom on a variety of topics from resumes and cover letters to salary negotiation and retirement readiness. All sessions are 20 minutes and you must be a CBA member.
Upcoming 2022-2023 Dates:

April 20, 11am-5pm
April 25, 11am-5pm
May 10, 11am-5pm
May 24, 11am-5pm

Upcoming Seminars and Programs
It’s About Time
March 29, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Managing time is one of the core skills for successful lawyering and an enjoyable career. This is not a program on keeping to-do lists or using calendar apps or on timesheet tips or advice like “start assignments early” … all traditional and still good time management practices. Instead, we’ll venture into some more unexpected approaches, including doing less, not more; under promising and overdelivering; saying no scripts; and featuring attorney time management specialists with advice on keeping time on your side to stay focused, not frazzled. Legal careers advisor Kathy Morris of Under Advisement, Ltd. will introduce special guest speakers and moderate this program we hope you’ll make time to attend. Click here to register and for a full list of speakers.

Career Assistance Drop In/Dial-In Session
April 11, 2023, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Registration coming soon!

On Demand Career Programs
Click here to see a list of upcoming and on demand career meetings and seminars.
Topics include:
-Not-to-Miss FAQ Career Session
-Upskilling for Lawyers
- Job Search Starters
- Diversifying Your Work Week
- Using Your JD in Non-Practice Ways
- Interviewing During and Beyond the Pandemic 
-The Personality Science of Lawyer Mistakes
- and many more!