BBA Community Outreach

"Ask-A-Lawyer" Day

Throughout the year, BBA hosts “Ask-A-Lawyer” information sessions to educate the community about the legal process and offer resources for participants of limited economic means to access the legal system. If community members are not able to attend an event, BBA attorneys are always available to respond to legal questions through our message line at (815) 200-9670, or by e-mail at

BBA Scholarship Program

The Black Bar Association of Will County, established in December 2007, has worked diligently to carry out its mission "To Seek Justice" in the Will County area. In keeping with our mission to serve our community, we have established a scholarship awards program to reward hard-working, Will County area high school seniors with an opportunity to earn money for college through a competitive application process. Award recipients are requested to attend the Black Bar Association Foundation Barrister's Ball for formal recognition and presentation as recipients. See the link for a Scholarship Application and information about the applicable deadlines. Please check back for the upcoming school year application in the fall.

Raymond Bolden Seekers of Justice Award

The Black Bar Association is pleased to recognize the contributions of individuals to the local community in the name of justice through the Seekers of Justice award. Named in honor of retired Circuit Judge Raymond Bolden for his years of advocacy in the Will County legal community, the "Seekers Award" is presented to individuals based on nominations from BBA members. The 2012 honorees were Judge Marzell Richardson and Heart Program Founder-Ms. JoAnn Robinson. In 2016 BBA is pleased to honor Attorney Eric Mitchell of the Mitchell Law Group, Father Raymond Lescher, Pastor of Sacred Heart Church and the Honorable Thomas Kilbride, Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court - Third District.

Expungement Workshops

Hosted by Mary & Pam Fort’s Second Chances Program at St. John M.B. Church, 104 E. Zarley Boulevard, Joliet, IL, BBA members join the Office of the State Appellate Defender and other volunteer attorneys to discuss the laws regarding expungement and sealing with local community members. This free service provides ex-offenders with assistance in determining eligibility for sealing/expunging criminal records, completing paperwork, and filing petitions with the circuit courts. For more information about expungement, visit the website of the Illinois Appellate Defender at

Black Pride Community Initiative

BBA is proud to support the Annual Unity Development Corporation Black Pride festivities in Joliet, IL. The father of former BBA board member Cathe Evans Williams, the late Dave L. Evans, was the co-founder and Chairman of Joliet Black Pride Inc., which was established in 1987 to promote the positive aspects of the African American community. Over the last 24 years, Black Pride has sponsored parades, recognition banquets, essay contests, youth activities, and gospel concerts. For more information about the Black Pride outreach events, please visit

Legal Redress Committee

As a resource to the local community, attorneys associated with the BBA volunteer time for free consultations when questions are submitted to the local area NAACP Legal Redress committee. This does not imply that we are forming an attorney/client relationship for any complaints received or that we have judicial authority. Our focus in this area is to provide education around legal matters, explore options for legal action/advocacy, and to match needs with resources where and whenever possible. For more information about the NAACP, please visit

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