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Law Week

The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2015 from April 25-May 1, 2015. All of the events will focus on the American Bar Association’s Law Week theme "Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law."



YLS Seeking Liberty Bell Award Nominations -Due April 10
Nominate a candidate for the Liberty Bell Award by Friday. This award recognizes a nonlawyer who has rendered service that strengthens the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law. Click here to download the nomination form.

Events include:

Call-A-Lawyer - April 25 (Open to the Public)
Callers will have the opportunity to speak to an attorney for free on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., by calling 312-554-2001. Sponsored by the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Lawyers in the Classroom – April 27
In conjunction with "Law Week 2015", the YLS has been paired with 5th and 6th grade classes at Decatur Elementary, 7030 N. Sacramento, to participate in the spring edition of a YLS favorite, Lawyers in the Classroom, on April 27, 2015 from 8:30-10 a.m. 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 Mark M. Abellera

Judge’s Reception - April 28
In honor of Law Day, the YLS will host its annual "Meet the Judges Reception" at the CBA on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 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 28
Presented at the Judge’s Reception to a nonlawyer whose exemplary community service has advanced the ideals of law and justice.  This year's award will be given out by Hon. Pamela Loza, Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division.

YLS Trip to Springfield - April 29
The Young Lawyers Section is set to explore Springfield, Illinois on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. The group will depart by bus from the CBA (or make your own arrangements to drive/carpool) to explore Springfield, learn more about Illinois' legislative process, how to lobby and make new connections. Click here for more details or to register.
50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights & Voting Rights Acts - April 30
The CBA is pleased to announce it will host a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Civil Rights & Voting Rights Acts the evening of Thursday, April 30 at The Standard Club. More details to come!

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, 2015, at Noon. The CBA Choir and the CBA Orchestra, composed of judges, lawyers, and law students, will perform musical selections. In addition, speeches from various bar association members. Our keynote speaker will be Hon. Lynn M. Egan of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division. She will give personal reflections on the Law Week theme "Magna Carta Symbol of Freedom Under Law."