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 2021-2022 school year, all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom video conferencing technology. Click here for the 2021-2022 program flyer.


To apply for the 2021-2022 program, all applicants must complete both of the forms below prior to the first club meeting of the year:

1. Parent / Guardian Permission Form

2. 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

  2021-2022 Schedule*

September 22 - Open House  
First meeting with students, orientation, sign-up & ice breakers.
October 6 - Opening Statements
October 20 - Direct Examination
November 3 - Guest Speaker
November 17 - Debate Night
January 12 - Guest Speaker
January 26 - Cross Examination
February 9 - Mediation Simulation
February 23 - Closing Statements
March 9 - Guest Speaker
March 23 - Debate Night 
April 6 - Guest Speaker
April 20 - Last Meeting

*Schedule subject to change


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

Dates: September 2021 - April 2022 (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 22, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and teachers encouraged to attend.
RSVP to or by filling out the application forms.