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. There is no cost to participate. Space is limited. During the 2020-2021 school year, all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing technology. Click here for the 2020-2021 program flyer.


To apply for the 2020-2021 program, all applicants must complete both of the forms below prior to the first club meeting of the year:

Parent / Guardian Permission Form

Student Questionnaire Form


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

  2020-2021 Schedule*

September 23 - Open House  
First meeting with students, orientation, sign-up & ice breakers.
October 7 - Opening Statements
October 21 - Direct Examination
November 4 - Guest Speaker
November 18 - Debate Night
January 13 - Guest Speaker
January 27 - Cross Examination
February 10 - Mediation Simulation
February 24 - Closing Statements
March 10 - Guest Speaker
March 24 - Debate Night 
April 7 - Guest Speaker
April 21 - Last Meeting

*Schedule subject to change


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

Dates: September 2020 - April 2021 (alternating Wednesdays) 

Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Where: Zoom Video Conferencing Technology

RSVP: Our first Club meeting will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and teachers encouraged to attend.