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 9:00 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 847-621-2378.

Legal Self Help Center

The Legal Self Help Center, located in Room 251 of the Third Municipal District Courthouse, assists the growing number of people without lawyers who need to obtain basic legal information, access to existing court-based legal advice, referrals and other appropriate services. The Center serves as a much needed central starting point to connect people without lawyers to the appropriate level of help. Self-help center also relieves the burden on the court system. People without lawyers will be able to get the information they need to proceed and referrals to available local programs to obtain advice and/or representation.

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 847-621-2378.

Pro Bono Desk

The Pro Bono Desk, located in Room 251 in the Rolling Meadows Courthouse, is a volunteer service provided by members of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. It is a free service to members of our community.  

Attorneys serving at the pro bono desk are available to answer legal questions members of the general public may have.  While the attorneys serving at the pro bono desk will try to answer your questions to the best of their ability, understand the attorney(s) serving that day may not have expertise in the legal area for which you have a question.  The attorney(s) serving the pro bono desk are there to provide legal advise, but are not there to represent the general public on a pro bono basis (free of charge) and therefore do not represent you in any way in the matter for which you may be seeking advice.  However, since you are seeking legal advice, your communications with the attorney(s) are subject to attorney-client privilege. Those visiting the pro bono desk are limited to 5-15 minutes in length, depending on the number of others waiting.

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 website, a link to which can be found on the Home Page of our website under the "Member Dashboard" tab. If you are a member and are not receiving volunteer emails from Sign Up Genius, please call the Association office at 847-621-2378.

A direct link to the Sign Up Genius form can be found here.

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.

Law Day
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.

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 through the Suburban Car Coalition. 

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 May.

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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