Law Week


The Young Lawyers Section will celebrate Law Week 2016 from April 30-May 6, 2016. Our events will focus on the American Bar Association's Law Week theme, Miranda: More than Words. Members are welcome at all events and members of public are invited to join us for Call-A-Lawyer, and the Law Day Celebration at Daley Plaza. All events are free!

Join Us at an Event:


Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 9:00 a.m.-.12:00 p.m.

Callers will have the opportunity to speak to an attorney for free and receive general legal advice by calling 312-554-2001. Sponsored by the CBA Lawyer Referral Service.

Law Day 2016 Public Celebration
Monday, May 2, 2016 | 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Richard J. Daley Center - Daley Plaza

CBA's Barrister Big Band will perform musical selections, members of the Chicago legal community will give special remarks, and Judge Alfredo Maldonado from the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County will give his personal reflections on the Law Week theme, Miranda: More than Words.

Lawyers in the Classroom
Is Jack Guilty? Will the Wolf be Sentenced? Lawyers Needed to Lead Classroom Jury Experiences in April and May
The Young Lawyers Section is gearing up for another successful partnership with Lawyers in the Classroom through a series of interactive sessions at local schools with the aim to help elementary students understand the Constitution. Approximately 6-9 persons are needed to lead 90-minute sessions which will be based on the class fairy tale “Jack in the Beanstalk” or “The Three Little Pigs.” All materials to lead the sessions are provided by Lawyers in the Classroom. Will the students find Jack or the Wolf in the right or the wrong? Sessions scheduled for April 6th, 25th and a special Law Day activity on May 6th at Decatur Classical Elementary School. Come have some fun and find out! Indicate your interest on our volunteer form. Volunteers will be notified of their assignment via email. Law firm staff are welcome to volunteer – you do not need to be a lawyer to participate.

Meet the Judges Reception & Liberty Bell Award Presentation
Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary | Members Only
CBA Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct.,Chicago)
Space is Limited - Register here.

To celebrate the Law Week 2016 theme, Miranda: More Than Words, members are invited to join the YLS at a meet & greet with judges of the Illinois Appellate Court, Illinois Federal Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County. The reception's purpose is to celebrate Law Day (officially on May 1), while affording young lawyers and law students the opportunity to mingle with the best of Chicago's bench and bar. The Liberty Bell Award will also be presented at this event. This Award is presented annually to a non-attorney member of the community who has rendered services, which strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under the law. Sponsored by LexisNexis.

Liberty Bell Nominations
Consider nominating a non-lawyer for the Liberty Bell award by April 15th! 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 2016 Theme:


In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation's best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. The Miranda Warning has become ingrained in law enforcement and has permeated popular consciousness through countless recitations in films and television shows. Yet Miranda is only part of the story when it comes to the procedures for ensuring justice. The 2016 Law Day theme Miranda: More than Words will explore the procedural protections afforded to all of us by the U.S. Constitution, how these rights are safeguarded by the courts, and why the preservation of these principles is essential to our liberty.: