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. 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

  2019-2020 Schedule*

September 18 - Open House - Pizza!
First meeting with students, orientation, sign-up & ice breakers.
October 2 - Opening Statements
October 16 - Direct Examination
November 6 - Guest Speaker - Judge Maritza Martinez
November 20 - Debate Night
January 8 - Guest Speakers - Law Students
January 22 - Cross Examination
February 5 - Mediation Simulation
February 19 - Closing Statements
March 4 - Guest Speaker - Judge Michael Hyman 
March 18 - Debate Night - CANCELLED
April 1 - Guest Speaker - Intellectual Property / Patent Law - CANCELLED
April 15 - Last Meeting - Pizza party - Movie - CANCELLED

*Schedule subject to change


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

Dates: September 2019 - April 2020 (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 18, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. Parents/guardians and teachers encouraged to attend.