Law Week



The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2018 from April 28-May 4, 2018. The American Bar Association’s 2018 theme is Separation of Powers: Framework for FreedomClick to get additional information on the ABA’s Law Week and what’s happening across the country.

Most events are free!

Ask-a-Lawyer Day (Open to the Public)
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Callers will have the opportunity to speak to an attorney for free and receive general legal advice on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., by calling 312-554-2001. Sponsored by the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Meet the Judges Reception & Liberty Bell Award Presentation
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary | Members Only

CBA Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct.,Chicago)
Space is Limited - Click here to register.

Join the YLS for a meet and greet with judges from the Illinois Appellate Court, Federal Court and Circuit Court of Cook County, and to celebrate Law Day (officially May 1). A member of the judiciary will join us as our keynote speaker and will present The Liberty Bell Award and an award to the winner. Sponsored by LexisNexis.

Law Day Public Celebration
Friday, May 4, 2018 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley Center

CBA's Barristers Big Band will perform musical selections and members of the Chicago legal community will give personal reflections on the Law Week theme, Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom.

Liberty Bell Nominations

Consider nominating a non-lawyer for the Liberty Bell Award by April 21, 2018. The award recognizes a member of our community who has rendered service that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under the law. Please help us promote the ideals of justice, liberty and the importance of individual and community responsibility. Click here for further details and the nomination form.

About the 2018 Theme:

The U.S. Constitution sets out a system of government with distinct and independent branches—Congress, the Presidency, and a Supreme Court. It also defines legislative, executive, and judicial powers and outlines how they interact. These three separate branches share power, and each branch serves as a check on the power of the others. “Ambition must be made to counteract ambition,” James Madison explained in Federalist 51. Why? Madison believed that the Constitution’s principles of separation of powers and checks and balances preserve political liberty. They provide a framework for freedom. Yet, this framework is not self-executing. We the people must continually act to ensure that our constitutional democracy endures, preserving our liberties and advancing our rights. The Law Day 2018 theme enables us to reflect on the separation of powers as fundamental to our constitutional purpose and to consider how our governmental system is working for ourselves and our posterity.

Related Files
2018 Liberty Bell Application