• 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.

64 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.



This Contest is Open to all
High School Students
in the State of Connecticut.  
Entries Must Be Postmarked
by February 24, 2017.

Click Here for Further Details
about the Contest. 

James W. Cooper Fellows:
Sign up to Judge the contest! 
Click here for the
Judges Registration Form
Return it to: ctbf [at] cbf-1 [dot] org

The 10th John A. Speziale
ADR Symposium

Friday, March 17, 2017
Quinnipiac University
School of Law
North Haven, CT

Click Here to Register


Connecticut Bar Foundation
2017 Reception
James W. Cooper Fellows
Annual Meeting

April 25, 2017
6:00 p.m.
The Hartford Club

CBF Newsletter Issue 5
Summer 2016

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We thank our
of the 2016
Connecticut Bar Foundation
Reception and
James W. Cooper Fellows
Annual Meeting

Gold Sponsors

Day Pitney LLP
Thomaston Savings Bank
Wiggin and Dana LLP

Silver Sponsors

Kronholm Insurance Services
Murtha Cullina LLP
Pullman & Comley LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Giuliano Richardson & Sfara, LLC
Shipman & Goodwin LLP
Verrill Dana LLP
Webster Bank

Thier generous support
helped make our event
a great success!

The Connecticut Bar Foundation Board of Directors unanimously approved the Foundation’s diversity policy at its September 24, 2015 meeting.