The Chicago Bar Association 150th Celebration



CBA Barristers Big Band is founded. ƶƷƷƷ In December 2004, one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded (approx. 9.3 magnitude) creates a tsunami that devastates South Asia, killing thousands. ƶƷƷ


Almost 3,000 people are killed in suicide attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania. The attack launches the global War on Terrorism. Justice Joy V. Cunningham becomes the first African American Woman to serve as CBA President. ƶƷƷ Barack Obama is elected president. ƶƷƷ

Pro Bono Week In 2005 CBA President Justice Michael B. Hyman and The Chicago Bar Foundation held the first Pro Bono Week. Pro Bono Week is now a national celebration.


The CBA Chorus is formed.

Twitter sends its first tweet.

Anita Alvarez becomes the first Hispanic woman and first sitting Cook County State's Attorney to serve as CBA President. ƶƷƷ


Nelson Mandela dies.

CLE Abroad CBA President Kevin Durkin coordinated the first CLE Abroad in March 2007 to Dublin, Ireland. Pictured from left: Kevin P. Durkin, Megan Healy McClung, Judge William J. Bauer, and Patrick J. Fitzgerald.

Aurora Abella-Austriaco becomes the first Asian American to serve as CBA President. The world strikes a deal on climate change, dubbed the Paris Agreement. ƶƷƸ

The CBA's @theBar podcast launches. ƶƷƸ The U.S. legalizes same-sex marriage. ƶƷƸ


Covid-19 creates a global pandemic, killing millions and sending workers home. Courts, law practices, and the CBA work online.


The CBA co-signs the Illinois Judges Association's Declaration of Judicial Independence in an effort to keep politics out of America’s court systems.

YLS Fundraising The Young Lawyers Section has a rich history rich in raising money for Chicago legal organizations. Pictured: 2016 “Mardi Gras” night raising money for The Chicago Bar Foundation.

CBA Mediation Service is launched.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns «Ȓƺ ɮ٫ áƏƳƺ .

The CBA’s 150th Anniversary celebration is held on May 10 at Union Station’s Great Hall. ƶƷƶ

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