YLS Events

Check back regularly for upcoming YLS events and opportunities to get involved!

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.

Lunch with Judge Melissa Durkin and Judge Larry Axelrood - February 5
On February 5, the Honorable Melissa Durkin, of the motion calendar in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the Honorable Larry Axelrood, who sits in the trial section, also in Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will join the YLS for a discussion on their perspectives from the bench and share tips for practitioners at all stages of the litigation. The lunch will take place at Noon at the law firm of Romanucci & Blandin (321 N Clark St, 21st Floor). A complimentary lunch will be served. Click here to register.

Serving Our Seniors Advanced Directives Workshop - February 9
The Young Lawyers Section’s Serving Our Seniors Committee is hosting an Advance Directives Workshop at the Center on Halsted (806 W. Addison) on Saturday, February 9, 2019, from 1:00-3:30 p.m. Held in conjunction with the Center for Disability and Elder Law, the event assists low-income, LGBTQ seniors in completing Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property and Living Wills. No experience is necessary, and paralegals and law students are welcome. RSVP to Maureen E. Loughran. If you are a notary and are willing to bring your stamp, please indicate that when you RSVP. Volunteers will be sent a link to complete an online training.  The Center for Disability and Elder Law will also offer training that may qualify for CLE credit as the event approaches, and the details will be announced to registrants via e-mail.

Intro To Civil Depositions: Tips and Pitfalls - February 19
The deposition is one of the most important discovery tools for attorneys to prosecute or defend their case. In this interactive CLE program, Octavio Duran, Partner at Hart David Carson LLP, provides law students and young attorneys with an introduction, techniques and overview of the relevant Illinois rules and statutes for handling a civil deposition in Illinois. This program will take place at the CBA Building (321 S. PLymouth Ct) from 5:30-6:30pm. IL PR MCLE Credit is available. A networking social will follow the program.

The YLS Game Casino Night - February 21
Get ready to transport yourself to Las Vegas with the Young Lawyers Section at “The YLS Game,” our 12th annual casino night fundraiser benefiting The Chicago Bar Foundation! Enjoy an evening featuring table games, a Texas Hold’em Tournament, and food and drink at Union League Club of Chicago on February 21, 2019. Proceeds from the evening support the CBF’s work in Chicago's legal community to make the justice system more fair and accessible for everyone. Click here to purchase tickets.


Volunteer Lawyer Coaches and Evaluators Needed for 2019 CCLRE Mock Trial Competition
Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education is seeking lawyers to act as coaches and evaluators for its 2019 Citywide Mock Trial Competition for high school students. Lawyer coaches work with an educator and team at a local high school starting in February to prepare for the competition. Evaluators work alongside Cook County judges for 5 evenings in March to score and evaluate the teams during the first two rounds of competition. To learn more and volunteer, contact Marta. Click here for more information or download a Lawyer Coach or Lawyer Evaluator Form.