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Community Outreach & Volunteer Opportunities

 

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:

 

Court Facilitator

The Court Facilitator program is unique to the Third Municipal District. The NWSBA provides volunteers on Thursdays from 9:30 AM until 12:00 PM to assist the Domestic Relations judges.

  • Dates are coordinated through the Association office. Call to sign up for a date that is convenient for you.
  • New Members can elect to volunteer for the Court Facilitator program on the Member Application.  Existing Members can volunteer by calling the Association office at 847-221-2601.

Legal Self Help Center
Volunteers are needed to help out 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 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM to assist the Paternity Call.

  • Dates are coordinated through the Association office. Call to sign up for a date that is convenient for you.
  • New Members can elect to volunteer for the Paternity Court Facilitator program on the Member Application. Existing Members can volunteer by calling 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.

  • Dates are coordinated through the Association office. Call to sign up for a date that is convenient for you.
  • New Members can elect to volunteer for the Pro Bono Desk program on the Member Application. Existing Members can volunteer by calling 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.

Judicial Screening:
Judicial candidates are investigated, screened and evaluated by a volunteer committee of NWSBA members. 
 

Scholarships:
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.
 

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