The Foundation is thankful to the many individuals and businesses that support our work throughout the year and contribute to the success of the many programs described below. Without their support, none of this would be possible. 


The Roraback Circle is composed of prominent Connecticut attorneys committed to the preservation and expansion of the Rule of Law. The Circle is named in honor and in memory of the late Catherine “Katie” Roraback. Katie’s entire career exemplified what it truly means for an attorney to uphold the Rule of Law and the administration of justice. Click here to learn more and see a list of our Roraback Fellows.


Sustaining Life Fellows: The contributions of Sustaining Life Fellows help the Foundation continually find ways to advance the role of the law in society and to build greater public awareness around the need to increase equitable access to justice. These generous individuals have made the Connecticut Bar Foundation a central part of their annual giving.


General Fund Contributors: These individuals make unrestricted donations to the Foundation to allow us to administer all the programming described on this page and more. 


The Connecticut Innocence Fund was created to assist exonerees who have been recently released from prison based on proof of actual innocence of the crimes for which they were imprisoned. This is a tax-deductible fund to assist with immediate financial needs prior to awards of compensation from the State of Connecticut. The advances will be loans, to be repaid out of the exonerees’ compensation awards, and will thereby be a self-replenishing fund. Click here to see a list of the generous contributors to this fund. 


History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession: In 1999, the Connecticut Bar Foundation James W. Cooper Fellows initiated the Oral History of Connecticut Women in the Legal Profession Project. The Fellows are creating a permanent historical audio and video-taped record of the Connecticut legal profession’s most memorable moments as women entered the field of law. In collaboration with Isabel Chenoweth, a lawyer and photographer, this project was expanded to include photographic portraits of seventy-six women on the state and federal bench serving in Connecticut between 2001 and 2007. Most recently, this initiative has began a video project, including interviews with thirty-one of Connecticut’s outstanding female jurists, a number of whom were among the first in Connecticut to achieve prominence. The Foundation is currently working with a documentarian to produce short videos of each interview which can be viewed here. A list of generous donors to this project can be viewed here. Please consider making a contribution to support this continuing effort. 


Judge Mark R. Kravitz Symposium Series: The Connecticut Bar Foundation established this symposium series in memory of U.S. District Court Judge Mark R. Kravitz. Judge Kravitz was an extraordinary lawyer and judge and his passing in 2012 was a great loss to the judiciary and bar. The Foundation has established a board designated endowment to fund ongoing symposia to celebrate his legacy. You can learn more about this series here. A list of generous donors who support this effort can be viewed here. To make a contribution towards this series follow this link


Event Sponsors: We are thankful to the many local businesses and individuals who contribute to make our annual reception and other events a reality.