Pictured above: Attendees meet with organizations at last year’s Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair. This year’s 25th Annual Fair will take place on October 25 at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Posted authored by Jennifer Byrne
It’s officially fall in Chicago, which means it’s time to grab your pumpkin spice latte and head to the CBA! YLS Committees are in full swing with lunch time meetings and afternoon seminars on a variety of compelling topics. For a full listing of upcoming CLE programs, visit www.chicagobar.org/cle.
Over the past few weeks, our @theBar podcast has welcomed some exciting guests! Among them are Amanda Knox’s Italian defense team, Attorney General Candidate Kwame Raoul and Mikolaj Pietzrak, Dean of the Warsaw Bar Association, who spoke about the recent erosion of judicial independence in Poland. Be sure to check out the latest episode, catch up on past episodes and subscribe for updates on iTunes, Google Play or Legal Talk Network. Stay tuned for even more compelling content throughout the remainder of 2018, and as we launch season 2 in 2019.
On October 10, the YLS hosted the entire 1L class of University of Illinois College of Law for a dinner program as the final stop on their Professional Experience Day in Chicago. The program featured panel discussions with young lawyers from a variety of practice areas who discussed how the Association has benefited them and can be a resource for students. YLS members also stopped by DePaul University College of Law’s Multi Bar Association Fair on October 10.
The month of October still has a lot of exciting events in store.
If you’re a hockey fan, be sure to join the YLS for the Chicago Blackhawks vs. Arizona Coyotes game on October 18! We’ve secured a special ticket rate for the game which is available to all Chicago Bar Association members — 300 level tickets start at $40.32 and 100 level tickets start at $135.52. To purchase tickets at the discounted rate, CLICK HERE and enter the promo code CHIBAR. If you want to meet up with a group of YLSers that will be sitting together in the 300 level, email YLS Social Chair, Octavio Duran at firstname.lastname@example.org. Before the game, the group will meet at Park Tavern (1645 W. Jackson Blvd) at 6:00 p.m. (cash bar). The bar is located just blocks from the United Center and offers a complimentary shuttle direct to the United Center on game nights.
October is when the Association celebrates and promotes pro bono service within the legal community. October 22 through October 26 is the CBA and CBF’s official Pro Bono Week and there are a number of fun and interesting events planned! Featured events include CLE programming on voting access and the hidden impact of evictions, a storytelling themed social at Revolution Brewing and a breakfast with judges. For a full listing of events and to register, visit www.chicagobarfoundation.org/probonoweek.
One of the YLS’ longest running traditions is our Pro Bono & Community Service Fair, which enables members of the legal community to connect with representatives from 40+ of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono, community service and mentoring organizations to find volunteer opportunities. The 25th Annual Pro Bono & Community Service Fair will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Sign up now using this link.
With so many exciting opportunities to mingle and connect, I hope to see you this October @theBar!
Jennifer E. Byrne
About the Author:
Jennifer Byrne is the Director of the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association, for which she organizes and coordinates the many events its young lawyers enjoy, including continuing legal education and mentoring programs, social events, the CBA @theBar podcast, blog and more. Prior to Jennifer’s work as a bar association professional, she was a domestic relations attorney in Chicago. Jennifer attended law school at DePaul University College of Law and received a B.A. in both English-Literature and Fine Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University.