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.

The Astute Associate: How to Stand Out as  Thought Leader in Your Practice Area - October 21
The L.E.A.D. Committee will host featured speaker Karen Conti, who for over 23 years, has been a part of the local and national media, including regular appearances as a legal commentator on CNN, Fox Chicago, MSNBC, Fox News, The O’Reilly Factor, truTV and more. She currently hosts “The Karen Conti Show” on WGN Radio. Karen will share how she has developed a reputation as an active, involved lawyer, and has enjoyed stretching her skill set to areas outside of her comfort zone. She will be joined by a panel of young lawyers who are making names for themselves in the legal community by posting on social media, blogging, podcasting, and involving themselves in the community.  The meeting will take place at 12:15 PM at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP (70 W. Madison, Suite 3300).  Lunch and IL MCLE Credit will be available. Click here to RSVP.

Pro Bono Week Events - October 21-25
The CBA and The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) will sponsor Chicago’s 15th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 21 to October 25. In 2005, the CBA and CBF launched our annual Pro Bono Week with the twin goals of honoring lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educating the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. The week includes free CLE, social activities and a Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. See details and register at https://chicagobarfoundation.org/probonoweek.

26th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair - October 23 
Meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service, and mentoring organizations from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests, and goals. Drinks and heavy appetizers will be provided. Click here to register

How to Become a Rising Star: Tips from Chicago's Best - October 25

As a newer attorney, have you ever wondered how to be the best you can be in your legal career? Do you wish someone would provide you with a road map to success? If so, then you will benefit from our panel discussions led by attorneys, many of whom have appeared on the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch list, or have otherwise achieved similar accomplishments in their careers. The panel discussion will be focused on leadership and mentorship, specifically: how young lawyers can develop leadership skills and take strides to become leaders at their firms and in the legal community, and how to look for and build positive working relationships with mentors. The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A (come prepared with you questions) and networking. Complimentary lunch will be served. Click here for the complete list of panelists and to register.

Chicago Video Game Law Summit - October 25
The Chicago Video Game Law Summit is Chicago’s premiere video game law related event. It is a day of academic panels devoted to the nuanced way video games require unique legal protections from a myriad of diverse legal disciplines. Game developers, industry representatives, and legal experts will explore, explain, and debate the latest issues in video game law. In addition to academic panel presentations, this year’s summit will include an interactive video game showcase featuring Chicago-made games, their creators, and an assembly of Chicago’s video game related organizations. Click here for more details and to register.

YLS Intellectual Property Committee Social Networking Social - November 6
Young Lawyers Section’s Intellectual Property Law Committee is hosting a networking social on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago IL 60604. Come make connections with other IP lawyers and CBA members. The social hour will include appetizers and good conversation. No RSVP necessary. Sponsored by Amin Talati Wasserman, LLP, with special thanks to Rakesh Amin for supporting the CBA YLS IP Committee.

Attorney / Engineer Speed Networking Event - November 7
The CBA/YLS and Exponent, a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific consulting firm, welcome attorneys of all levels to join us for a “speed networking” event. Mingle and share during several fast-paced, facilitated discussions while making connections outside of your profession. This event will enable litigation attorneys and engineers/scientists to connect so they can collaborate to better serve clients. It will be most beneficial for attorneys who practice in the areas of intellectual property, transportation/aviation, personal injury, environmental, construction, arbitration and class actions/products liability. After speed networking, enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers and continue to connect with others. Click here to register.

Volunteer for the CBA Moot Court Competition - November 14-16 (brief graders needed starting November 1)
The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 14-16, 2019, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 32 teams are competing from across the country. The YLS needs attorneys to act as competition judges and brief graders. Volunteer brief graders will be asked to review and critique approximately 4-5 briefs available starting November 1 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 14 and 15 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 16 (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Competition judges are eligible to earn Illinois MCLE credit. To volunteer, fill out the appropriate volunteer form: Brief Grader and/or Competition Judge.

Save the Date and Be Festive with the YLS - December 12
Join the Young Lawyers Section at its annual holiday get-together on Thursday, December 12, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Clark Hill, One Prudential Plaza, 130 E. Randolph St #3900, Chicago, IL 60601. Social hour will include appetizers and good conversation. Registration coming soon.