CBA Law & Debate Club

A program for Chicago-area high school students to develop negotiation and debate skills and learn about careers in the law!

The Program

The CBA Law & Debate Club sponsors lectures and activities for young men and women from Chicago-area high schools between the ages of 14 and 20 who are interested in careers in law and government. The Club’s programming is coordinated by volunteer attorneys who meet with students every other Wednesday evening from September through April and facilitate role plays concerning legal and ethical questions. The programming features guest speakers from all facets of the legal profession and aims to help students improve important life skills, including public speaking, negotiation, debate and advocacy skills. At the conclusion of the year, participating students who have attended at least 10 program sessions will receive a certificate of completion. There is no cost to participate. Space is limited.


The CBA Law & Debate Club accepts applications on an annual basis in September of each year. Click here to download the program application. Applications can be emailed to or submitted at the first Club meeting of the year. 


If you are a teacher interested in learning more, please contact Committee Chair Brett Geschke at 312- 455-3836 or General inquiries regarding the program may be submitted to

  2018-2019 Schedule*

September 26 - Open House - Pizza!
First meeting with students, orientation, sign-up & ice breakers.
October 3 - Opening Statements
October 17 - Negotiation Simulation 
October 31 - Debate Night
November 14 - Guest Speaker - Justice Michael Hyman
November 28 - Closing Statements
January 9 - Guest Speaker – Judge Maritza Martinez
January 23 - Direct Examination
February 6 - Guest Speaker – White Collar Defense
February 20 - Mediation Simulation
March 6 - Cross Examination 
March 20 - Guest Speaker – Trusts and Estates
April 3 - Last Meeting - Pizza party - Movie

*Schedule subject to change


Who: Chicago Area High School Students (14-20 years old)

Dates: September 2018 - April 2019 (alternating Wednesdays) 

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: CBA Building 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago

RSVP: Our first Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and teachers encouraged to attend.