Law Day
Special Edition
  • Twenty-eight years ago, just days before Law Day in 1990, a justice on the state’s top court told a group of lawyers about a concerning trend.
  • A handful of cases pending in circuit court are challenging the Illinois Department of Public Health’s reluctance to expand legal access to marijuana for medical purposes.
  • By the end of 2017, Democratic attorneys general in 22 states and three U.S. territories had jointly sued the Trump administration 35 times, a record that has some academics and former attorneys general worried that a state office with nonpartisan interests is becoming a polarizing force.
  • When Iraq combat veteran Daniel Paul Jabs petitioned the Illinois Department of Public Health in February 2015 to add post-traumatic stress disorder to the approved condition list for medical cannabis, he submitted his military records, five medical journal articles and his diagnosis of the “panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares, intrusive memories, hyper-sensitivity to light and noise, over reactive startle responses” and other symptoms that make up his particular form of PTSD.
  • A timeline lists key dates in the evolution of the 14th Amendment, from voting rights to civil rights to marriage rights.
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    Bar Leaders Laud Law Day

  • Since it was founded in 1990 by a handful of Arab American attorneys, the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (AABAR) has continually strived to serve the public and our community.

  • August will mark the first full year of existence for the Assyrian American Bar Association … and what a fantastic inaugural year it has been.

  • Founded in 1934, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers is the oldest continually functioning Jewish bar association in the United States. Decalogue maintains a broad range of programs to benefit its members, the Jewish community, the legal community, and the general public.

  • John P. Coady
    As we celebrate another Law Day in Illinois, we also celebrate the 200th anniversary of our state’s admission to the United States.

  • Russell W. Hartigan
    As I look back on the past year, it has been my privilege to lead the Illinois State Bar Association as we work to address issues that are significant to Illinois’ attorneys, judges and citizens.

  • As my year as president of the Justinian Society winds down, I have had a chance to reflect on the overwhelming support I have received from so many of you during this wonderful journey.
  • Editor's Note

    We’ve got plenty of patriotic days on our calendar, most anchored to a person or a document. July 4 marks the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There’s also Constitution Day on Sept. 17, and even Bill of Rights Day on Dec. 15.

  • Thirty years ago, a handful of lawyers saw a need to unite the LGBTQ legal community and they responded by forming the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago.

  • Richard L. Pullano
    At our best, lawyers can serve as the bridge between injustice and justice. At our noblest, we are the first responders for the underserved and underprivileged, those who are indigent, don’t have money and can be easily taken advantage of by unscrupulous businesses, landlords and others who hold society’s cards.

  • Since last May, The Chicago Bar Association’s primary initiative has been helping the community on the overwhelming issues of gun violence and mental health.

  • I think as a society looking to the past is important to shape our future. In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared May 1 as Law Day. This day is to recognize how law provides the foundation to our country and to our society.
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