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.

Make a Child’s Holiday a Little Brighter... Fulfill a Wish through the Dear Santa Letter program
Help a child enjoy the holidays...answer a Dear Santa Letter! This holiday season, the Young Lawyers Section is distributing “Dear Santa” letters provided by Direct Effect Charities, a group that receives thousands of letters from disadvantaged youth from Chicago Public Schools requesting gifts from Santa. Here’s how it works: select a letter, purchase a few items the child has requested (approx. $25 or less), and mail the package directly to the child’s school.  Letters will be available to be picked up at the CBA in mid-November (stop by our 1st floor bookstore). If you would like to distribute letters at your firm in bulk (10+ letters) click here to sign up. Complete instructions will be attached to the letter. 

Brief Graders and Judges Needed for CBA Moot Court Competition

The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 15-17, 2018, 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 the week of October 29 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 15 and 16 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 17 (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.

Pro Bono Week Story Slam - October 23
On Tuesday, October 23, join the CBF for "Justice: An Evening of Stories and Community" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Revolution Brewing 2323 N. Milwaukee, Chicago. Get to know your fellow justice-minded colleagues and enjoy listening to stories of justice shared by volunteers from the audience. Interested in telling a story? Come prepared with a five-minute story related to the theme (justice) to share with attendees from the Chicago legal community. Those who volunteer to tell stories will be entered in a prize raffle. Storytellers and listeners alike are encouraged to attend! Click here to register for the free event.

25th Annual Pro Bono and Community Service Fair - October 25
On, Thursday, October 25, meet with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find an opportunity that fits your schedule, interests and goals. The free event takes place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (155 N. Upper Wacker). Click here to RSVP. Presented by the Young Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by the CBF and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.

Pro Bono Week Breakfast with Judges - October 26
On Friday, October 26, hear the judicial perspective on pro bono over breakfast with members of Chicago’s legal community. Opening remarks will be followed by small roundtable discussions led by members of the federal and state judiciary about professionalism and the importance of pro bono to the community. One hour of PR CLE credit subject to approval. The free event takes place from 8:00-9:00 a.m. at Holland & Knight LLP, 131 S. Dearborn, Chicago. Click here to register.

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.