Member Groups

Young Lawyers Division

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division serves as a resource for young lawyers practicing in Illinois to develop, enhance, and foster a balanced professional life. It consists of all ISBA members under age 37 and members admitted to practice under 7 years.

YLD Social Networks

Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division


ISBA Young Lawyers Division on LinkedIn

Annual Lincoln Award Writing Contest

The Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest is sponsored by and for members of the Young Lawyers Division. If you're an ISBA lawyer member under the age of 36 as of July 1, 2016 or admitted to the bar fewer than five years as of that date, you're eligible to complete for a share of the $3,500 in prize money. Past winning articles can be found in the February issues of the Illinois Bar Journal. Find out more...

Children's Assistance Fund

The ISBA YLD Children's Assistance Fund awards grants to 501(c)(3) organizations serving the State of Illinois. Bar Associations, though 501(c)(6) organizations, are encouraged to apply for project support. Find out more...

Upcoming Events

ISBA YLD's Professional Development Lunch - Pro Bono Workshop
October 12, 2016
ISBA Chicago Office


YLD Professional Development

See our past programs in our Professional Development Series archive.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Over the course of any bar year, the ISBA YLD holds a number of flagship events. Each event is a unique opportunity for our sponsors to target and reach this up-and-coming group of lawyers. Find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

News and Pictures

YLD's 2016-2017 Council, click to enlarge