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.

Click here to see an upcoming list of Young Lawyers Section seminars and committee meetings in a searchable format.

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Promoting Personal and Professional Wellness
October 19 from 2-3pm

This program will help you develop a toolbox of coping strategies to promote wellbeing and personal growth as you navigate a challenging career. We will focus on empowering you with the skills to recognize when you’re experiencing stress and burnout and then work to reduce them. The discussion will also explore the unique challenges of working remotely, as well as practical ways to redefine work/life balance during a time of frequent change and uncertainty. 1.0 Mental Health MCLE available. Click here to register!

Common Immigration Concerns in Criminal Cases
October 22 from 12-1pm
Criminal cases can have a deep and profound impact on our communities. It is critical for communities, especially communities of color, and attorneys who serve them to understand the potential immigration challenges that may arise when fighting a criminal case. The CBA Criminal Law Committee and the Racial Justice Coalition of CBA's Young Lawyers Section present speakers Diana Rashid and David Faherty of the National Immigrant Justice Center to discuss common immigration consequences and concerns for criminal defense practitioners and those interested in the intersection between the criminal justice system and immigration process. Click here to register!

Affidavit Drafting Refresher
October 25 from 2-3pm

This seminar is for geared toward those looking for an introduction to affidavit drafting, and those with experience who need a refresher. The seminar will address what an affidavit is, what context is it used in, tips for drafting and structuring, and will review a redacted sample affidavit. Presented by Maggie Mendenhall Casey, Trial Attorney, City of Chicago Department of Law, and Daniel Berkowitz, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Click here to register!


Illinois’ Consent Misnomer: Litigating Racial Reality
October 28 from 2-3:30pm

Illinois courts have perpetuated a boiler-plate misnomer—so called “consent”—to allow law enforcement to intimidate people into consenting to groundless searches without a warrant. This event will be a one-on-one discussion between a current criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor. The discussion will untangle several problematic threads interwoven throughout Illinois’ consent law and their racial and practical implications during motions to quash arrest and suppress evidence. Ultimately, the discussion will explore how practitioners can draw upon their clients’ racial realities to litigate their cases vigorously.   Click here to register!

Lunch With a Judge
October 29, 2021 from 12-1pm

Join the Young Lawyers Section for the latest installment of Lunch with a Judge, featuring Cook County Circuit Court Court Judge John Ehrlich. The Lunch with a Judge series strives to provide young lawyers with the unique opportunity to hear from a member of the bench in an intimate setting. A Zoom link will be distributed to all registrants. FREE member event, no MCLE offered. Click here to register!