The @theBar blog is an online publication of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS).  On May 16, 2018, the YLS Executive Council approved the creation of the @theBar blog as a project of the YLS Journal. The @theBar blog strives to promote the YLS’s dedication to professional development, ethical practice, the service of our profession, and the well-being of our members.

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By: Tasneem Mewa

Sometimes, the prospect of finding the “right” summer job can seem far-off, especially if you’ve been searching for months. However, given the increasingly dynamic nature of a legal career, sometimes the search itself can be just as fruitful as the job you land. Based on my law school experience, this article offers

Post Authored by: Natalie Elizaroff

In the dynamic literary world, writers face a multitude of challenges, with scams and predatory practices emerging as significant threats to their creative endeavors. One insidious form of deception that has garnered notoriety is the publishing/marketing/fake literary agency scam. These scams, preying on the hopes and aspirations of self-published authors,

CBA TV has a brand new “You and the Law” episode available on YouTube that examines free speech on college campuses regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The episode provides an overview of First Amendment issues regarding Israel-Palestine on college campuses and beyond, and explores how free speech serves the rule of law, democracy, learning and social

By: Hannah Werner

Last year, American Bar Association’s Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar began modifying the accreditation process to allow for law schools that are entirely online. Though there are few accredited online law schools, they all are accompanied by a physical campus. With this change, schools would

FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONAnn Glynn: 312-554-2012 or aglynn@chicagobar.org 

The CBA’s Alliance for Women is presenting their annual awards that recognize outstanding women lawyers who have significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose careers exemplify the highest level of professional achievement, ethics, and excellence.

The Founder’s Award, given

By: Tasneem Mewa

Brands like Neptune’s fix have enlivened the discussion on the consequences of readily available dietary supplements that are unapproved by the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”).

Around six years ago, the Journal of the American Medical Association (“JAMA”) analyzed FDA warnings released from 2007 to 2016 regarding adulterated dietary supplements. The study

By Hannah Werner

On February 16, 2024, the Alabama Supreme Court rendered an extraordinary decision that impacts the health care of all individuals. In this ruling, the Alabama Supreme Court decided that “embryos created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) should be considered children.” (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). Since the ruling, many reproductive

By: Hannah Werner

Like undergrad, law schools are uniquely personal to each student that applies. Some may want to stay as close to home as possible, others may grasp the opportunity to leave their home state for somewhere more desirable. Either way, the factors that people use to determine the best law school for them