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.

Get Published / Gain Editorial Experience on the New YLS Blog!
Are you looking for an opportunity to publish content and get your name out there as thought leader in Chicago’s legal community?  The Young Lawyers Section is launching a blog and is seeking contributors.  You can contribute by submitting a one-time article/post, becoming a regular columnist, or serving on the blog’s editorial committee. Reach out to the blog’s coordinator, Lindsey Purdy, at lindseylpurdy08@gmail.com with questions or interest.

Mentors Needed for Law Student Mentoring Program
The YLS is launching a “Building Your Network” pilot mentoring program with students from DePaul University College of Law. Young lawyer mentors with between 1 and 10 years are needed to mentor 2L and 3L students. The aim is to expose law students to valuable learning opportunities and to build their network within the legal community. The program itinerary is casual; pairings are encouraged to meet 2-4 times and to attend two program events at the CBA. The program will kick-off with a brief orientation on September 20, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at The Chicago Bar Association Building (321 S. Plymouth Court) prior to the YLS “Meet the Committees Night.” Mentoring pairs are encouraged to attend “Meet the Committees Night” following the orientation. To participate as a mentor, please complete this form. MCLE credit is NOT available for this program. Contact Jennifer Byrne at jbyrne@chicagobar.org with questions.

CBA/CPA Speed Learning Event - August 16
The Illinois CPA Society and Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association welcome members of both groups to come together for a "speed learning" event on August 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the ICPA Headquarters, 550 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Attendees will share their knowledge of various topics during several fast-paced, facilitated discussions. The event is a terrific opportunity to make connections outside of your profession. Discussion topics will include successful networking and business development strategies, uses of technology and practice management systems, understanding and correcting misconceptions about the legal and accounting professions, managing personal and professional priorities, how issues of diversity and inclusion impact each profession, and how attorneys and accountants can collaborate to better service clients. An open happy hour will follow in Illinois CPA Society's plaza and learning suites to give attendees time to continue conversations and meet others. CBA members will receive 0.75 IL PR-MCLE credit. Register for the free event by clicking here or call 312-554-2056.

Young Lawyers Section Social - September 6
Join the YLS and the Union League of Chicago Club for a unique social to kick-off the new bar year! Tour the Club starting at 5:00 p.m. and then join the networking reception from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The Union League is located at 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL. RSVP to membership@ulcc.org.

Power of Attorney Workshop for Low Income, LGBT Seniors - September 8
The YLS Serving Our Seniors Committee will host an Advance Directives Workshop at the Center on Halsted (806 W. Addison) on September 8, 2018 from 1:00-3:30pm.  We will be working in conjunction with the Center for Disability and Elder Law to assist low-income, LGBTQ seniors to complete Powers of Attorney for Healthcare and Property and Living Wills. No experience is necessary, and paralegals and law students are welcome, too! If you are a notary and are willing to bring your stamp, please indicate that when you RSVP. Info regarding the training session will be provided when you RSVP. RSVP to Maureen E. Loughran, FMS Law Group LLC at maureen.loughran@fmslawgroup.com.


Meet the Committees Night and Social - September 20
Come out and meet the Young Lawyers Section’s practice and specialty committees - everything from Bankruptcy to Estate Planning to Women in the Law - on Thursday, September 20, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA. Meet and mingle with YLS leaders, enjoy complimentary appetizers and cocktails, and sign up for committees. Nonmembers and law students welcome. Click here to register.

Member Open House - September 26
Join us for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Steven M. Elrod and Young Lawyers Section Chair Brandon Peck on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP to events@chicagobar.org or 312-554-2057