Judicial Screening


The NWSBA is a proud member of the Suburban Bar Coalition of Cook County, Illinois (SBC). The SBC is composed of the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA), North Suburban Bar Association (NSBA), West Suburban Bar Association (WSBA), Southwest Bar Association (SWBA), and South Suburban Bar Association (SSBA), each of which operates in suburban Cook County. The members of the SBC are composed of representatives from each of the suburban bar groups and collectively represent over 1,000 attorneys.

Every two years, the group comes together to evaluate the retention judges for the November general
election in an effort to (1) educate voters, (2) hold the judges accountable, and (3) improve bench/bar
relations. Over 50 volunteer attorneys from the five participating bar associations collectively spend over 500 hours investigating, interviewing, and evaluating the judges running on the retention ballot. The criteria considered fall within the following four categories.


  • Legal Ability: The intellectual capacity and industry needed to learn and understand the rules of law applicable to the facts and the dedication with which, the rules of law are applied. It also encompasses the diligence in performing judicial duties and the administration of the court's calendar in an efficient manner keeping in mind the fair opportunity for the litigants to present the facts of the controversy.
  • Judicial Temperament: The consistent demonstration of the appropriate attitude and behavior toward the litigants, the merits of the case, witnesses, the attorneys before the court and personnel assigned to work with the Judge.
  • Integrity: The commitment to follow the law and applicable ethical codes regardless of whether such judicial conduct is known to anyone other than the jurist.
  • Impartiality: The consistent ability to apply the law evenly and objectively and rule without regard to personal bias, political consequences or the likelihood of appeal.

    For more information about the SBC, please contact Deidre Baumann, President, at 312-804-9889, baumannesg@gmail.com.

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