What is the Southwest Bar Association?

Southwest Bar Association is a group of attorneys focused on serving the public and defending justice.  Providing legal professionals an opportunity to network with our members and share information and best practices.

Southwest Bar Association Scholarship

$3,500 award amount*

Write the best legal essay based on the attached fact pattern. Application and essay are due January 15, 2024. Email submissions or questions to Southwestbarassociation@gmail.com by January 15, 2024.

The award will be presented in March.
*Based on fundraising multiple scholarships maybe awarded

Make a difference

Southwest Bar Association Scholarship Fund

We’re proud of our impact within the community and our ability to support deserving students with scholarships. No gift is too big or too small. Join our efforts to give students a fair chance to succeed. When we work together, we can make a difference.


Sharpen your practice, accelerate your career, and broaden your connections.
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Find a Lawyer

Our legal professionals serve several areas of law.
Find and connect with one today >

Latest News & Events

Southwest Bar Installation Dinner

Zachary's Grill
Thursday, November 30, 2023

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2024 Events

Annual CLE

Palos Heights Library
March 11-14, 2024

Judge's Night

Crystal tree Golf & Country Club
May 9, 2024
1pm Shotgun

Golf Outing

Water's Edge Golf Club
June 13, 2024
1pm Shotgun

Monthly Meetings

Franklin's Public House
12306 S. harlem Avenue
Palos Heights, IL 60463
open to all members of the organization


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m in need of legal help, can you help me find a lawyer?

Our Find a Lawyer directory allows you to find the lawyer who specializes in your need.   We have a network of lawyers who specalize in many areas of law and would be happy to assist you.

Why should I join the Southwest Bar Association?

Joining the SWBA is a great way to enhance your career and network with other legal professionals in your area.  Members also receive benefits:

  • Free continuing legal education courses
  • We offer a four day seminar, giving 16 CLE credit hours, and we typically cover the ethics requirements during that
    seminar as well.
  • The opportunity to attend a two-day continuing legal education seminar
    located in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Networking and Social Events such as: Judge’s Night, Installation
    Dinner, Golf Outing, and Social Get-Togethers
  • The Bar Program at the Bridgeview Courthouse coupled with required
    General Legal Advice Desk Volunteer Days
  • The Attorney Referral Program
  • Inclusion on our “Find a Lawyer” Page

How do I join the Southwest Bar Association?

Membership application form can be found on Membership page. You also have the option of downloading the form and mailing it to us if you prefer.