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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.
Kick-Off Event at SPIN Ping Pong Social Club
Click here to see an upcoming list of Young Lawyers Section seminars and committee meetings in a searchable format.
September 23 from 5:30-7:30pm
Join the Young Lawyers Section on 9/23 at SPIN ping pong social club in a private indoor/outdoor space to enjoy drinks, appetizers, and of course, ping pong! Tickets are $15, and the event is open to CBA Members only. No refunds available. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Click here to see more information and to get your ticket!
Meet the Committees Night!
September 29 from 4:30-6:30pm
Join chairs from nearly all of the YLS's 28 committees to meet new people that enjoy the same practice areas you do! Find out how being a committee member can help grow your practice and network. Event is scheduled to be held in person at the Chicago Bar Association. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required to attend. Click here to register.
Representing Spanish Speaking Clients
October 6, 13, 20, 27 from 5:30-6:30pm
This is a 4-week course designed for legal representatives who already have an intermediate-level Spanish language ability, to learn about cultural challenges in representing Spanish-speaking clients, expand their legal vocabulary, and learn to manage client expectations regarding cultural legal differences. This course is offered in-person for a limited number of registrants, via live webcast, and on-demand. When you register, please indicate whether you plan to attend in-person. Attendance in person is encouraged for you to practice your skills! (Total of 3.00 IL MCLE Credit, including 0.75 PR MCLE available for completion of 4-part series). Click here to register!
Preparing for Protest: The Role of Legal Observers in Preventing Police Misconduct and Protecting Free Speech
October 12 from 12-1pm
Legal challenges are likely to arise during, and in the wake of political protests. The informed presence of an observer can serve as an important deterrent to police misconduct through presence and visibility, can guard against police abuses in the streets and can assist with civil and criminal actions afterwards. This program will provide insight into The Legal Observer® program and how it provides a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. Participants who complete this program will be eligible to serve as Legal Observers® in the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer® Program. Click here to register!
Promoting Personal and Professional Wellness
October 19 from 2-3pm
This program will help you develop a toolbox of coping strategies to promote wellbeing and personal growth as you navigate a challenging career. We will focus on empowering you with the skills to recognize when you’re experiencing stress and burnout and then work to reduce them. The discussion will also explore the unique challenges of working remotely, as well as practical ways to redefine work/life balance during a time of frequent change and uncertainty. 1.0 Mental Health MCLE available. Click here to register!
Affidavit Drafting Refresher
October 25 from 2-3pm
This seminar is for geared toward those looking for an introduction to affidavit drafting, and those with experience who need a refresher. The seminar will address what an affidavit is, what context is it used in, tips for drafting and structuring, and will review a redacted sample affidavit. Presented by Maggie Mendenhall Casey, Trial Attorney, City of Chicago Department of Law, and Daniel Berkowitz, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Click here to register!
Illinois’ Consent Misnomer: Litigating Racial Reality
October 28 from 2-3:30pm
Illinois courts have perpetuated a boiler-plate misnomer—so called “consent”—to allow law enforcement to intimidate people into consenting to groundless searches without a warrant. This event will be a one-on-one discussion between a current criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. The discussion will untangle several problematic threads interwoven throughout Illinois’ consent law and their racial and practical implications during motions to quash arrest and suppress evidence. Ultimately, the discussion will explore how practitioners can draw upon their clients’ racial realities to litigate their cases vigorously. Click here to register