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Law Week

The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2014 from April 26-May 1, 2014. All of the events will focus on the American Bar Association’s Law Week theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."



Events include:


Call-A-Lawyer - April 26 (Open to the Public)
Callers will have the opportunity to speak to an attorney for free on Saturday, April 26, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., by calling 312-554-2001. Sponsored by the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Judge’s Reception - April 29
In honor of Law Day, the YLS will host its annual "Meet the Judges Reception" at the CBA on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. Judges from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Appellate Court, and Federal Court will be invited to attend. Includes cocktails and appetizers. To RSVP for the complimentary event, call 312-554-2032 or email the YLS. Space is limited. Generously sponsored by LexisNexis.

Liberty Bell Award Presentation - April 29
Presented at the Judge’s Reception to a nonlawyer whose exemplary community service has advanced the ideals of law and justice.

All Bar Social - April 30
You are invited to join the Young Lawyers Section on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for an evening of ping pong, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and drinks along with mixing with Chicago's legal professionals. The YLS has invited local and specialty bar associations in the Chicagoland area to join the CBA for a fun evening of mingling and networking at Killerspin, located at 140 S Clark St. RSVP by email to the YLSCosponsors include: 7th Circuit Bar Association, Korean Bar AssociationIllinois State Bar Association, Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicagoland and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. 

Law Day Live - April 30 (Open to the Public)
The CBA Television Committee will present "Law Day Live" on Ustream from 5:00-7:00 p.m.  During several 30-minute segments, each focused on a particular area of the law, viewers are encouraged to call in live with questions to the attorney hosts and guests. Submit your questions to attorneys (in advance or during the broadcast). Those interested can email questions to the webcast, prior to and during the webcast to The schedule is listed below.5

5:00 PM Criminal Law
Eleanor Oh – Host

5:30 PM Personal Injury
Barry L. Gordon – Host

6:00 PM Pro Se Divorce
Patrick John – Host

6:30 PM Legal Assistance for Veterans
Edward Snyder – Host

7:00 PM Social Security… What Next?
David Bryant - Host

Lawyers in the Classroom - May 1 
As part of Law Week, the YLS has been paired with 5th and 6th grade classes at Decatur Elementary, 7030 N Sacramento, to participate in Lawyers in the Classroom from 8:30-10 a.m. on May 1. The project aims to help local elementary students understand the U.S. Constitution and our legal System. Volunteers will be provided materials and asked to attend a one hour training on how to lead the interactive lessons. Transportation is the responsibility of the volunteer. For more information or to volunteer contact Skip Harsch.

Law Day Celebration - May 1 (Open to the Public)
The YLS will host a free concert at the Richard J. Daley Center on May 1, 2014, at Noon. The CBA Choir, composed of judges, lawyers, and law students, will perform musical selections. In addition, speeches from various bar association members. A keynote speaker will give their personal reflections on the Law Week theme "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters."