The Northwest Suburban Bar Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community by inspiring excellence in the practice of law.
2010 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association.
In 1960, Donald Norman and the late William J. Moore had the idea to form a bar association in the northwest suburbs. Notifiying friends and colleagues by telephone, 24 people attended the first meeting of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. The meeting was held at Jack Gunnell's, a local bar, restaurant and bowling alley, located at the southeast corner of Route 83, Rand Road and Kensington Avenue. Since then we have grown to become an Association of more than 750 members, honorary members and judges.
ACCREDITED MCLE PROVIDER
The NWSBA has the distinction of being recognized as an Accredited CLE Provider for Illinois MCLE.
Each year we are host to eight to 10 Continuing Legal Education courses as well as two Dinner Meetings and an Annual Meeting. Our CLE program has enjoyed much success due to the quality of our courses, the convenient and accessible locations of the classes, and the more than reasonable cost per course.
In the near future we hope to offer online courses for even greater convenience to our members and non-members as well.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES OFFERED BY THE NWSBA
Attorney Referral Service:
The Attorney Referral Service helps area residents in need of legal representation locate an attorney that best fits their specific needs. This is not a free program. Referrals can be obtained by calling the Association office at 1-847-221-2681. A fee of $25.00, payable to the NWSBA, is required at the time of consultation with the attorney. All other legal fees will be billed according to the attorney’s standard fee schedule.
Pro Se Desk:
NWSBA members volunteer to assist individuals with answering specific questions regarding their legal needs. The Pro Se Desk is located on the 2nd floor, outside room 206. Volunteers are available on Fridays from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Discussions are limited to 15 minutes per person.
Senior Day/Law Day:
Senior Day is held annually in conjunction with District 214 Community Education to help seniors with legal questions regarding wills, trusts, estates and other matters. More information is available through District 214 and on the NWSBA website: www.nwsba.org. The NWSBA also participates in Law Day, and with programs such as “Ask a Lawyer Day” and Open House at the Third Municipal District.
People’s Law School:
People’s Law School is held in partnership with District 214 Community Education 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. More information is available through District 214.
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. The Mock Trial is funded in part by a grant from the Illinois State Bar Association.
Judicial candidates are investigated, screened and evaluated by a volunteer committee of NWSBA members.
Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation:
Each year the Foundation provides the “Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” and the “NWSBA Foundation Academic Scholarship” to local law school students. The Foundation also funds the High School Mock Trial program.
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.