7 Practices all Law Students & New Admittees should do at DCBA 1) You've done the first thing - becoming a member of DCBA. Congratulations!
2) Attend as many networking events as you can. Almost monthly there are Happy Hour events throughout DuPage. These are FREE events. They are attended by experienced attorneys and judges. Beside just attending these Happy Hours - introduce yourself to members. They really do want to help young lawyers. The best way to get to know people is to meet them face to face and often. Once a year DCBA travels to downtown Chicago and DeKalb and hosts a free pizza party. Did you attend this past February? Make sure you do next year.
3) Stop by the Attorney Resource Center (ARC) at the DuPage Judicial Building - 3rd Floor. This is where lawyers hang out. Thursdays are best because it is Doughnut Thursday and more lawyers are coming in and out. They are there mostly between 8:30-10:30. Don't be afraid to approach them and ask them a question, get their opinion. This is also FREE. Note: you must pass through security to enter the court house and no cell phones are allowed.
4) When you can - attend the Free MCLE meetings at the ARC. Each committee will host several MCLE meetings a year. These occur over the lunch hour and have free pizza. If you have chosen committees of interest in your profile you will be on the email list and be notified of these meetings. Again, a great place to learn the law, and meet lawyers in the area you would like to practice or learn about it.
5) Keep track of what is going on at DCBA and read DCBA Briefand emails. This will give you something to discuss with others at the networking events.
6) Sit in on court cases happening in the court house. You'll learn a lot and will be able to ask potent questions to the attorneys you meet in the ARC or at other networking events.
7) Do you want prospective employers to sit up and take notice? Get published! The DuPage County Bar Association’s award-winning magazine, DCBA Brief, accepts article submissions from law students and attorneys. The Brief is used by Thomson Reuters in their Westlaw resource library and has been cited in cases regularly. Make your resume stand out from the rest! Only original material, never published elsewhere will be considered. Please review the writers’ guidelines and submit your article in Word along with a signed author agreement, short bio and high-resolution headshot to Katie May, firstname.lastname@example.org. Katie will be happy to field any questions you may have as well.