YLS Events

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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.

Become a Mentor to a Legal Prep High School Student 
Legal Prep Charter Academy is seeking new Mentors for our 2019-2020 School year. We are an open-enrollment charter high school located in West Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side and are the first and only legal-themed high school in the city. Mentors get to work one-on-one with a high school student to work on goals, build professionalism, help with the college process, and build a positive relationship. This program meets one Thursday a month from 4-6 pm downtown and runs through the full academic year (from August to June).  Most meetings are held at The Chicago Bar Association building (321 S. Plymouth Ct). Contact Haley Shefferman at hshefferman@legalprep.org or (773) 922-7813 with questions.  Click here to apply.

Federal Court Walk Through - May 30
Designed for new admittees to the Illinois Bar, and for attorneys who want a more thorough knowledge of practice in and the workings of Federal Court, our Court Walk Through program will include an overview of pretrial & trial procedures, information about the function and operation of the clerk's office, a tour of the Dirksen Building and more. Please remember to bring a government ID to pass through security. Click here for more information and to register.

Summer is Coming! Enjoy a Free YLS Social at Brando’s - May 30
CBA members are invited to a Young Lawyers Section Social Hour on Thursday, May 30, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Brando’s, 343 S. Dearborn St., Chicago. This summer kick-off social is sponsored by the CBA Social and Career Assistance Committees, Veritext Legal Solutions and Robert Half. Complimentary domestic Beer, wine, and well drinks with wristband. No RSVP is necessary.

Young Lawyers Section Annual Meeting - June 5
CBA members and young lawyers interested in getting involved are invited to attend the YLS Annual Meeting on June 5, 2019, 11:30 a.m., at Wildfire Chicago, 159 W. Erie, Chicago, IL. 2018-2019 Chair Brandon Peck of Peck Ritchey LLP will preside over the meeting and celebrate the Section's many accomplishments and outstanding committees, seminars and special projects. Incoming Chair Octavio Duran of Hart David Carson LLP will be introduced. A reception will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 12:00 p.m. Special thanks to LexisNexis for sponsoring the luncheon. $55 a person. Order your ticket now.

YLS Fundraising Campaign for WINGS and Walk for Survivors - June 6
Throughout the month of May, the YLS will be raising awareness and funds for survivors of domestic violence. Members of Chicago’s legal community are asked to make a minimum donation of $25 to the WINGS Program, a local nonprofit agency which aims to provide a pathway to independence for adults and children who are escaping from domestic violence and abuse. They provide the tools and support necessary to ensure that victims can escape their abusers and begin building new, violence-free lives. Click here to donate via our GoFundMe campaign.

On June 6, the fundraising campaign will culminate with a “Walk for Survivors” during which participants will walk one mile through Chicago’s Loop. The walk will kick-off at 5:00 p.m. the Richard J. Daley Center Plaza and end with a social at Joy District Chicago (112 W Hubbard St). Walkers are encouraged to RSVP in advance by emailing yls@chicagobar.org and to make the suggested minimum donation of $25 by clicking here. Dress comfortably for the walk!