It is our goal to have a strong community presence by providing quality programs and services to the people of the Third Municipal District. We rely heavily on our membership to help us fulfill our commitment to our community. Volunteering is a great networking tool, and since most of our members live and/or practice in the northwest suburbs, your efforts service your own community.
Please consider volunteering for one or more of these programs:
The Court Facilitator program is unique to the Third Municipal District. The NWSBA provides volunteers on Thursdays from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM to assist the Domestic Relations judges. Dates are scheduled by the Association staff through use of a Sign Up Genius web site. If you're a member and are not receiving volunteer emails from Sign Up Genius, please call the Association office at 847-221-2601.
Legal Self Help Center
Volunteers are needed to help in the Legal Self Help Center, located in the lower level of the Third Municipal District Courthouse. Volunteers will be required to
attend training sessions which are offered periodically, as needed. For
more information, or if you would like to volunteer to help, please
call one of the committee co-chairs: Ronald F. Wittmeyer at 847-577-1123
or Lance Ziebell at 847-241-1774. Those eligible to volunteer are
paralegals, legal assistants, and attorneys.
Paternity Court Facilitator
Paternity Court Facilitators volunteer on Thursdays from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM to assist the Paternity Call. Dates are scheduled by the Association staff through use of a Sign Up Genius web site. If you're a member and are not receiving volunteer emails from Sign Up Genius, please call the Association office at 847-221-2601.
Pro Bono Desk
The Pro Bono Desk is a volunteer service provided by members of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. It is a free service to members of our community and is designed to assist individuals with answering specific questions regarding their legal needs. Volunteers are needed at the Third District Courthouse every Friday from1:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Volunteer dates are scheduled by the Association staff through use of a Sign Up Genius web site. If you're a member and are not receiving volunteer emails from Sign Up Genius, please call the Association office at 847-221-2601.
COMMUNITY FOCUSED PROGRAMS:
The NWSBA has strong ties to the community that we serve. In addition to the programs noted above, we also provide volunteers for these important projects on an annual basis.
Senior Day/Law Day:
Senior Day is held annually in conjunction with District 214 to help seniors with legal questions regarding wills, trusts, estates and other matters. Senior Day takes place at Arlington Park Race Track every May.
The NWSBA also participates in Law Day every May at the Third Municipal District Courthouse. High School students from District 214 are invited to attend an Open House and to take part in discussions with area judges, attorneys and members of the legal community.
Dates vary from year to year, and NWSBA volunteers are solicited through Newsbriefs and/or email. Residents from the area are notified of dates via the District 214 Community Education Booklet.
People’s Law School:
People’s Law School is held in partnership with District 214 and the Illinois State Bar Association. Members of the NWSBA offer free classes at John Hersey High School on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings during the months of February, March and April. Volunteers are solicited through Newsbriefs and/or email. Residents from the area are notified of classes via the District 214 Community Education Booklet. This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association.
Mock Trial Invitational:
The NWSBA sponsors a mock trial tournament for area high school students. Judges and members of the NWSBA volunteer their time to assist students as they explore and learn about the judicial process. To find out more about this great program, go to the Foundation page found under the "Community Outreach" tab on our website. The Annual Mock Trial is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association.
Prairie State Legal Services - Volunteer Telephone Counseling:
Prairie State Legal Services is looking for volunteer attorneys to assist 3 or 4 days a month with their telephone counseling program. Volunteer attorneys will provide brief advice and referral to clients during regular telephone counseling hours, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m Flexible time commitment. No special expertise or experience required as training is provided. Can work from your home or office or from the nearest Prairie State office. This is a great opportunity for lawyers seeking practical experience advising clients in variety of subject areas, all while making a difference in the lives of those who most need our services. Please contact Cindy Matre at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-690-3313. Telephone Counseling Program.
Judicial candidates are investigated, screened and evaluated by a volunteer committee of NWSBA members.
Each year the NWSBA awards "The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” to a local law school student. The scholarship is awarded in conjunction with the annual Judges' Night event every April.
Holiday Assistance Program:
Each year the NWSBA collects funds from our membership to support a local food pantry or service agency during the holiday season.