• 1Presiding over the Essay Contest Awards Ceremony Associate Judges of the Connecticut Supreme Court (l-r) Flemming L. Norcott, Jr., Christine S. Vertefeuille, and Andrew J. McDonald.
  • 4CBF provides funding to assist the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • 2CBF grants funding to legal service agencies to provide critical legal aid for low income children in Connecticut.
  • 3Professor Larry Fox, Tim Shearin, CBF President, Dwight Merriam, Hon. Sarah Merriam at the 2015 Annual reception.
  • 5The U.S. is experiencing record poverty at a time when IOLTA revenue has plummeted; the CBF has successfully sought to diversify the funding for legal services for the poor in Connecticut.
  • 6CBF funding helps provide legal services to low-income veterans in recovery throughout Connecticut.


66 Years of Service to the Bench, Bar and Citizens of Connecticut

Since 1952, the Connecticut Bar Foundation has worked in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession. An integral part of the state’s legal community, the Foundation administers programs that benefit legal services agencies to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut.

Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) / Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Grants

The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit corporations whose principal purpose is providing legal services to the poor in Connecticut.

Judicial Branch Grants-in-Aid (JBGIA) and Court Fees Grants-in-Aid (CFGIA)
The Foundation administers these programs for the benefit of low income people in Connecticut.

The James W. Cooper Fellows Program
The Fellows support activities and programs that further the rule of law and assist in efforts to improve the administration of justice in Connecticut.

Roraback Circle Fellows donations provide an extra level of support crucial for the Foundation to continue its programs at a high level. The Circle is named in honor of the late Catherine Roraback because her entire career exemplified what it means for an attorney to uphold the Rule of Law and the administration of justice.

Judge Mark R. Kravitz Symposium Series on the Administration of Justice
The Connecticut Bar Foundation has established a new symposium series that recognizes the leadership of Judge Mark R. Kravitz in the field of the administration of justice.  Funds are being raised to establish a Board-designated endowment to cover the cost of these symposia in the future.  To donate to the fund click here.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation is grateful to the many individuals and organizations whose generous support and contributions make the Foundation’s programs possible.

The Foundation invites you to join our efforts to provide access to justice for all people in Connecticut by donating now. To learn more, email ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org.



Connecticut Bar Foundation 
James W. Cooper Fellows
Reception and Exhibit 

to Celebrate

The Oral History of
Connecticut Women in the

Legal Profession Project

and the

Photographic Portrait
Exhibit of
Connecticut Women Judges

“Women in Black, 2nd Edition”

June, 7, 2018
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Legislative Office Building Atrium
Hartford, CT

Please consider making
a donation now to
assist the ongoing
work of these projects. 


Tickets for this event
will be available
for purchase shortly. 
Please contact
ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org for
more information.

The Connecticut Bar Foundation
James W. Cooper Fellows
The Quinnipiac 
Probate Law Journal



Friday, April 20, 2018
Quinnipiac University School of Law
North Haven, CT
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m


Click here for more information and/or to register for the sympoisum.


Now Available:

CBF Newletter Issue 10

Fall 2017

Click here to view

Hartford Promise

Mentoring Program

Click here
for more information 

The 18th

Connecticut Bar Foundation
James W. Cooper Fellows
Quintin Johnstone

Statewide High School
Essay Contest

This year's topic is
"Diversity Disagreement?"

Entries are now in. 
Click here for more information
about the contest.

James W. Cooper Fellows
can sign up to judge the contest by
filling out and returning this 
linked form by March 9, 2018


The Connecticut Bar Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the Foundation’s Diversity Policy.  Click here to access the CBF Diversity Policy.