Our Junior Board's First "Pro Bono for Young Professionals" Seminar Was A Success!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Junior Board of CVLS presented the first seminar in its "CLE for Young Professionals" series earlier this week, and it was a success! The series, geared toward the young professional attorney, began with “Pro Bono for Young Professionals," hosted by Latham & Watkins LLP.

A panel of Junior Board members - Nikki Bhargava from Winston & Strawn, Nora Endzel of Endzel Law, LLC and Katie Walton from Goodsmith Gregg & Unruh - were joined by Public Interest Law Initiative's Katie Pieper for a discussion on the ins and outs of Pro Bono representation as a young attorney, as well as various ways and benefits of incorporating pro bono into your practice. Together, these ladies provided perspectives from pro bono in solo practice, small- to mid-size firms, large firms and nonprofits. 

View photos from the panel here!

Nora, who worked with CVLS as part of her participation in the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice Entrepreneurs Project, shared her thoughts on the experience: 

"When the Junior Board of CVLS decided to put on a series of CLE Seminars, I saw it as an opportunity to contribute to the organization as well as a way to get to know my fellow board members better. I initially volunteered to help organize the series of seminars and once we settled on a Pro Bono for Young Professionals as our first topic, I volunteered to be on the panel of that seminar as well. I have never organized a CLE seminar or presented so thankfully my fellow board members Nikki Bhargava and Katie Walton really carried the day!

CVLS provided the guidance and paperwork to secure CLE credit for the attendees and Latham & Watkins, LLP very generously hosted our seminar and provided lunch and drinks for all the attendees.  Now that we've got one seminar under our belts I’m really excited for the future of this series! We have a strong and diverse group of attorneys on the Junior Board of CVLS and we have a lot to offer our fellow young professional attorneys as they navigate the early years of their legal careers. Hope to see you at the next one!"

Stay tuned for information on the upcoming seminars in this series!