About the CBF

The Chicago Bar Foundation brings the legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone.

Through grants, advocacy, pro bono, and partnerships, the CBF accomplishes this by:

  • Increasing access to free and affordable legal assistance for people in need

  • Making the courts and legal system more user-friendly, fair and accessible for people without lawyers

As the charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association, the CBF is the largest voluntarily supported bar foundation in the country. The generous contributions of thousands of dedicated individuals, more than 200 law firms and corporations, and many other committed partners make the CBF’s work possible. Thanks to that strong support, the CBF awards more than $2 million in grants each year and plays a lead role in a number of innovative access to justice initiatives.

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