CBA Record May-June 2020


As my tenure ends, I proudly join the ranks of former YLS chairs, who are not only legendary in my eyes, but who are also my good friends. I now pass the torch to Incoming Chair Jeff Moskowitz. He will start his bar year with extreme uncertainty, but I know he will work to provide section members with outstanding events and programs, no matter the circumstances. I have a year of eligibility left in the YLS, and Jeff, I’m here to help you in any way I can.

reinstate their driver’s licenses and pre- screened residents for immigration status adjustment. We provided holiday gifts to CPS students through Dear Santa Letters. The YLS created wills for first respond- ers with the “Wills for Heroes” program as well as powers of attorney and health care for senior citizens through the “Serv- ing Our Seniors” program. The Wills for Heroes program has taken on newmeaning in our coronavirus world, as first respond- ers have an even more urgent need for assistance. We are ramping up efforts to virtually create wills for first responders

and essential workers. I want to thank the CBA’s Executive Committee. Their guidance and leadership continue to allow the YLS to execute our outstanding programs and events. I want to thank my YLS officers because I asked a lot of them, and they delivered with the utmost enthusiasm. I want to thank YLS Director Jennifer Byrne and CBA Execu- tive Director Terry Murphy for their con- tinued work and over-the-top dedication. Last, I want to thank my parents for never giving up on my dreams. I’m the son of immigrants and a first-generation attorney.


Events may be virtual for the time being, but we still hope you’ll get involved with the YLS and join us at one of the fol- lowing opportunities to connect with other young lawyers: Virtual Game Nights Connect with fellow YLS members at an online game night using Jackbox Party Pack, including popular games such as Fibbage andQuiplash. All that’s needed to play is a cell phone or computer. Quick wits are highly encouraged to join! Play- ers will receive their group assignments and instructions via email. You do not need to purchase the Jackbox Party Pack software to participate. See upcoming dates at www.chica- 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: NetflixWatch Parties Looking to connect with others during quarantine, have a laugh and get your mind off the current state of the world? Join us for a Netflix watch party! Netflix Watch Party enables you to chat with others while you watch your favorite shows. We’ll kick-off with episode one of a series and further watch parties will be scheduled based on interest. See upcoming dates at Get Blogging The CBA’s @theBar Blog is your resource for staying-up-date on legal issues and trends, including the latest challenges faced by practitioners during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check

out recent Covid-19 related articles and “Lawyering in the Time of Corona Virus”Vlogs at www.cbaatthebar.chicagobar. org/category/covid-19/. Getting involved as one of our legal bloggers is a great way to get your name out there and become more a thought leader in your practice area. Email with your submissions about anything related to the practice of law, life as a lawyer, or even law school success. Wills for Heroes: Covid-19 Essential HealthcareWorkers In response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Chicago Bar Association’s Wills for Heroes Program will now offer FREE estate planning assistance to Covid-19 essential healthcare workers who are bravely putting their own safety at risk to serve the public during the health crisis. Volunteer attorneys will execute simplewills and powers of attorney for healthcare andproperty at no cost to eligible essential healthcareworkers and their spouses or partners. Due to public safety concerns, all clinics must be conducted virtually and by attorneys from participating law firms and corporate law departments that have met the CBA Wills for Heroes Committee’s criteria to host virtual clinics. Please email Jennifer Byrne at jbyrne@ for further information on how to become a participating law firm or law department. YLSVirtual AnnualMeeting: Joinus for aRoast asweToast to 50 Years of the YLS! The Young Lawyers Section of the CBA turns 50 this year, and for the first time in its history, will host a virtual annual meeting to celebrate the Section’s accomplishments during the 2019- 20 bar year under the leadership of Chair Octavio Duran and introduce 2020-2021 Chair Jeffrey Moskowitz. Members are invited to join the YLS Officers as we roast Octavio, congratu- late the Section’s awardees and toast to 50 years of the YLS via Facebook Live on June 3 at 5:30 p.m. RSVP to the virtual event and you will be provided a link to join the event: www.


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