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.

Become a Mentor to a Legal Prep High School Student 
Legal Prep Charter Academy is seeking new Mentors for our 2019-2020 School year. We are an open-enrollment charter high school located in West Garfield Park on Chicago's West Side and are the first and only legal-themed high school in the city. Mentors get to work one-on-one with a high school student to work on goals, build professionalism, help with the college process, and build a positive relationship. This program meets one Thursday a month from 4-6 pm downtown and runs through the full academic year (from August to June).  Most meetings are held at The Chicago Bar Association building (321 S. Plymouth Ct). Contact Haley Shefferman at hshefferman@legalprep.org or (773) 922-7813 with questions.  Click here to apply.

YLS Boat Cruise - August 15
Join us for the YLS' annual boat cruise social on August 15, 2019!  The social will feature drinks, music and mingling aboard the Anita Dee Yacht. Boarding will begin at 6:15pm at DuSable Harbor (located at lower Randolph Street and the lake front, on the south side of the Chicago River, east of Lake Shore Drive Bridge). The boat will re-dock at approximately 10:00pm. Click here to purchase your ticket for the cruise. Contact Jennifer Byrne at jbyrne@chicagobar.org if your firm or company is interested in sponsoring the cruise.

Mentor a Law Student - Orientation on September 12
The YLS partnering with DePaul University College of Law on a “Building Your Network” pilot mentoring program.  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 12, 2019 at 5:00pm 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.
YLS Meet the Committees Night & Social - September 12
Join the Young Lawyers Section for its annual Meet the Committees Night and Social! Learn how you and get involved in the Section and meet with representatives from the Section’s 28 practice area and service-oriented committees. Non-members are welcome so bring a friend! Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. Click here to register.

CBA Open House - September 18
Join us for a complimentary open house and welcome reception for CBA President Jesse H. Ruiz and Young Lawyers Section Chair Octavio Duran on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the CBA Building. RSVP online by clicking here. Questions? Contact Angie Cruz at 312-554-2132 or acruz@chicagobar.org.