• 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.

65 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.



Spring 2017

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2016-2017 STATEWIDE

Statewide Winner
Zach Reznikoff
Greens Farms Academy

Michelle Xiong
Greenwich High School

Daniel Coppinger
Simsbury High School


Bank of America Settlement Surplus Distribution Grant Application Now Available.
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Applications and budget forms are
due to the CBF by 
June 23, 2017.

Connecticut Bar Foundation

2017 Reception
James W. Cooper Fellows
Annual Meeting


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

Thanks to Our 

Platinum Sponsors

Day Pitney LLP
Thomaston Savings Bank
Wiggin and Dana LLP

Gold Sponsors

Kronholm Insurance Services
a division of Brown & Brown of CT
Murtha Cullina LLP
Pullman & Comley LLC
Webster Bank

Silver Sponsors

McCarter & English, LLP
Verrill Dana LLP

Bronze Sponsors

Freed Marcroft, LLC
Gallo & Robinson, LLC
Howard, Kohn, Sprague & FitzGerald, LLP
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

Diversity Symposium
was held at

UCONN School of Law
Hartford, CT
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thanks to our

Diversity Symposium Sponsors



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