All Bar Calendar

Local bar associations, law schools, legal aid organizations and other legal-related organizations are invited to post their upcoming social, special events/luncheons, and other non-CLE related events to the All Bar Calendar.

Ayuda Legal Fundraiser - Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
September 13, 2018 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Humble Bar
Come help support Ayuda Legal Huracán María - an incredible organization of young attorneys in Puerto Rico, formed in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. This amazing organization is providing desperately needed assistance where FEMA has failed. With your help, we can fund an attorney for one year in Puerto Rico.

10th Annual Mock Trial Competition for High School Students

September 19, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | Sixth Municipal Courthouse
Members are invited to join the judges of the Sixth Municipal District of the Circuit Court of Cook County, along with many other bar associations, in planning the Tenth Annual Mock Trial Competition for all high schools serving students that reside within the boundaries of the Sixth Municipal District. The Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related educational program that introduces students to the America legal system and promotes a greater understanding and appreciation for the law, court procedures and the judicial system. The competition also provides and experience that would hopefully convince some student to consider law or a law related profession as a career. Under the program, a student is expected to work with their teacher and attorney volunteers to prepare a hypothetical courtroom trial that they will then present before panels of attorneys and Cook County judges. In doing so, the students will be evaluated and critiqued based upon their demonstrated knowledge and presentation skills. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 23, at South Suburban College. To get involved, attend a meet and greet orientation on September 19 at 3:00 p.m. in the Jury Room on the 2nd floor (rm. 219) at the Sixth Municipal District Courthouse located at 16501 South Kedzie Parkway, Markham, Illinois. RSVP to LaShawn McKnight at 708-232-4165 or

Judging as Judgment:  A lecture by Joseph Singer (Harvard Law School)
October 4, 2018 | 5:30 p.m. | Jenner & Block, 353 N. Clark St.
When a case is easy, judges can act like umpires. But when a case is hard, judges cannot simply apply the rules - they have to exercise judgment. We pretend that judges don’t make law in order to ensure that they are sufficiently responsive to social and political norms and to elected representatives. But contrary to popular belief, the rule of law does not require judges to refrain from judgment. What the rule of law requires is that judges give impartial reasons for their decisions. And judges can only do that if they attend carefully to the normative arguments on both sides of hard cases and give reasons that could or should be accepted by the losing side. Joseph William Singer is the Bussey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since 1992. He holds a BA from Williams College, an AM in political science from Harvard, and a JD from Harvard Law School. He teaches and writes about property law, conflict of laws, and federal Indian law. He also writes about legal theory with an emphasis on moral and political philosophy. Singer has published more than 80 law review articles and books, including No Freedom Without Regulation: The Hidden Lesson of the Subprime Crisis (2015). Free and open to the public. Online Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit Cosponsored by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, and Jenner & Block LLP.

Annual Dinner - Lawyers' Assistance Program
November 1, 2018 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Union League Club
Join in celebration of LAP volunteers, supporters, and clients at the LAP Annual Dinner. Don't miss keynote speaker John J. Cullerton, Illinois Senate President. LAP is proud to present this year's award winners: Warren Wolfson Excellence in Education Award: Northern Illinois University College of Law; Carl Rolewick Award: Tracy Kepler and Kevin Kelly; Michael J. Howlett Jr. Award: Christine Anderson; and President’s Award: Lamont Walton and Natasha Dorsey.

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Please note, no CLE events will be accepted and entries are posted at the discretion of The Chicago Bar Association.