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.
Click here to see an upcoming list of Young Lawyers Section seminars and committee meetings in a searchable format.
Law Practice Tracks (entire month of March 2021)
The YLS is excited to host Practice Tracks during the month of March 2021! Our goal is to provide law students with a valuable opportunity to connect with young lawyers in the Chicago area for networking, for mentorship and to ask questions about the day-to-day practice of law. The CBA will help volunteer attorneys facilitate a virtual small group discussion with law students interested in the volunteer's practice area, practice setting, or who may just be looking for guidance on what area to pursue. Law students will be able to utilize this opportunity to gain insight into the day-to-day operations of an attorney. We will provide volunteers and students with suggested questions to keep the conversation flowing.
Law students: click here to register!
Lunch With a Judge (March 4, 2021)
Join us on March 4 from 11am-12pm for the next installment of Lunch With a Judge, featuring Judge Joseph Claps from the Cook County Circuit Court! Click here to register. Lunches are virtual until further notice. FREE for members!
Redefining Work-Life Integration in a Post-COVID World (March 15, 2021)
This program, co-hosted by the YLS Women in the Law Committee, is offered as a part of The Chicago Bar Association’s Women’s History Month series. Striking a balance between work and family life has never been more elusive than it has become in the wake of the pandemic. Join us for an interactive session aimed at tackling the most prevalent challenges facing women lawyers in the post-COVID world. The session will feature an overview followed by small group break-outs sessions. Click here to register.
Basic Skills Course for Newly-Admitted Attorneys (March 19, 2021)
The CBA's Basic Skills Course for Newly Admitted Attorneys will satisfy the Supreme Court of Illinois' MCLE Rule 793 Requirement for Newly Admitted Attorneys 6 hours of basic skills course requirement which includes Professional Responsibility, 1.00 Diversity / Inclusion & 1.00 Mental Health / Substance Abuse PR-MCLE Credits, (pending approval) Click here to register.
Serving Our Seniors Virtual Estate Planning Workshop (March 20, 2021)
The YLS's Racial Justice Coalition has teamed up with the Center for Disability & Elder Law and My Block My Hood My City to offer a free workshop for seniors in the Chicagoland community. No experience needed, as training and guidance will be provided by experts from CDEL! Click here to sign up to volunteer.
Mentor a Legal Prep Charter Academy High School Student
Looking to engage meaningfully with Chicago youth in partnership with a high school in West Garfield Park? Join the Legal Prep Mentor Program and work one on one with a Legal Prep student mentee through a variety of secure virtual platforms on a regular basis in the 2020-2021 school year. Support and guide them on their college and post-secondary paths, help empower personal and professional confidence, and learn a lot about yourself and the power of a young person along the way. For more information and to volunteer click here.
Law Student Career Immersion Mentoring Program (2020-2021 School Year)
The YLS has developed a unique career immersion mentoring program which will pair rising 2L law students with attorney mentors who will guide you through a series of experiences that will benefit your career. Examples of experiences may include conducting a mock interview, shadowing the attorney during a virtual hearing or deposition, or having the attorney edit a writing sample. The goal is to "meet" virtually with your mentor once per month during program (runs October 2020 - April 2021). This program is intended only for 2L students. You must a current law student member of the CBA to participate. A limited number of mentors are available to students from each of the participating Chicago-area law schools and pairings will be made on a first come, first served basis. The fall 2020 program is now full for law students, but continues to accept applications for mentors: click here to apply as a mentor. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and/or click here for more information about the program.
Join the CBA Quarantine Run Club!
Now is as good a time as ever to pick up an outdoor hobby that you can do in complete isolation! Get out of your home, lace up, and track your runs, jogs, powerwalks, brisk trots, crab walks, or slow moseys around the empty streets alongside your friends and colleagues at the CBA. It's free to join, and the best part is there's no competition, because even putting on shoes once a day is a win at this point. Join by clicking on this link and follow the prompt to join either via Facebook or Google: https://www.strava.com/clubs/CBAYLS.