NWSBA Foundation


The NWSBA Foundation is the charitable arm of the NWSBA and helps support:

  • The Foundation Scholarship Program

  • The Annual High School Mock Trial Invitational


The NWSBA has distinguished itself for its commitment to public service. The Foundation was established by the NWSBA to increase its charitable activities and includes the funding for the Foundation Scholarship Program.


ELIGIBILITY: The scholarship is available to law school students currently attending an accredited Illinois law school who reside in the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division (includes Lake, Kane, DuPage, Cook, Will, Kendall, Grundy and LaSalle counties) and who have demonstrated a commitment to the highest scholastic standards.


The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship is made available to local students through voluntary contributions made by members of the NWSBA.  Factors that are considered when awarding scholarships include:

  • scholastic achievement
  • leadership skills
  • involvement in school activities
  • involvement in community service
  • extra curricular activities
  • financial need



"The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship” was established to honor the commitment and dedication that the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Timothy C. Evans, has devoted to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) and to the community of Cook County. Judge Evans’s tireless commitment to public service and his passionate pursuit of legal excellence and integrity mirror the very virtues embodied by the NWSBA and its esteemed membership.  Like Chief Judge Evans, The NWSBA Foundation is honored to recognize Judge Evans’ contribution to the legal community through "The Honorable Timothy C. Evans Scholarship”. Judge Evans’s example, passion, and integrity are a guiding light for the NWSBA membership and the worthy recipient of this endowment.


DOWNLOAD a copy of the 2019 Application.


Each year, the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation provides the funding to host a Mock Trial Invitational for local high school students.  24 schools participate and compete in this annual event.



The Illinois State Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Program began in 1982 under the direction of the Standing Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public whose scope reads:


"The mission of the Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public is to develop, implement, and administer law-related education programs that will enhance the understanding of the legal system and the role of lawyers in our society, including programs which educate the public and students of all ages about the important role of lawyers and judges, the importance of an independent judiciary for the proper administration of justice, and which foster an interest in students to respect our justice system and consider pursuing careers in the law."

Students who have participated in the mock trial program say that they have benefited by learning how to work as a team, developing oral presentation skills, learning the value of setting a goals and planning, learning how to think on their feet and to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm and confidence. Mock trials can be a distinctive way to learn about the legal process used to remedy disputes in Illinois.



The mock trial experience is open to Illinois high schools, both public and private. A code of conduct for students, parents, teachers and lawyer coaches is also part of the program. The LRE Committee crafts case materials each year on a topic that will generate discussion on a legal issue. All mock trial materials are available on-line at http://www.isba.org/teachers/mocktrial/index.html



  • To increase student understanding of the American judicial system.
  • To familiarize students with the law, courtroom procedures, and the legal system.
  • To build bridges of cooperation and respect between the community and the legal profession.
  • To improve skills like listening, speaking, writing, reading, analyzing, and working as a team.
  • To learn the meaning of good citizenship through involvement in our system of law and justice.
  • To develop team spirit, establish goals, and work toward a common goal.

The Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public feels that the mock trial program makes a significant educational contribution to participating students in that they offer a diverse experiential learning opportunity. The majority of the educational component of the mock trial experience is in the hands of the teachers, lawyers and judges who assist in preparing the teams for the mock trials. The mock trial presentations at the regional and final levels provide an opportunity for students to learn, and to meet with others to show what has been learned.



If you would like more information on the Committee and/or the mock trial program, please feel free to contact the Illinois State Bar Association, 424 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701, 217/525-1760 or toll-free in Illinois 800-252-8908.




Make A Donation:
To help support the local projects noted above,
please consider making a donation to the NWSBA Foundation.
Donations can be sent to:  NWSBA Foundation
2340 S. Arlington Heights Road, Suite 510
Arlington Heights, IL 60005

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