• 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.
Constance Baker Motley


Over 68 Years of Service to the Bench, Bar and
Citizens of Connecticut

Connecticut Bar Foundation provides funding to legal service organizations that represent Connecticut residents who cannot afford an attorney. Since 1952, the Foundation has also worked in partnership with judges, attorneys, and law schools to promote understanding and improvement of the law, legal institutions, and the legal profession.


Funding Access to Justice

The Foundation awards grants to nonprofit legal aid organizations whose principal purpose is providing legal services to low income people in Connecticut.


Enhancing the Legal Profession


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.



David A. Pels

Click on the link below to make a donation in honor of David's legacy:

David A. Pels
Homelessness Prevention Fund



2019-2020 Essay Contest Winners Announced



Click here to view video tributes and winning essays



Where you bank matters!


Leadership Banks
voluntarily pay higher rates on IOLTA accounts


Open an account today!
to increase access to justice for CT residents who cannot afford an attorney


CBF Leadership Banks

The Bank of New York Mellon
The First Bank of Greenwich
First Suffield Bank, a Division of PeoplesBank
NBT Bank
New Haven Bank
PNC Bank
Signature Bank
Sterling National Bank
Thomaston Savings Bank
Torrington Savings Bank
Washington Trust Company
Westfield Bank

Learn more about mentoring a Hartford student:

Hartford Promise Mentoring Program

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