Building a Fairer & Better Justice System, Together

The CBF is your foundation, where you come together with your colleagues in Chicago’s legal community to make the justice system more fair and accessible for everyone.

What We Do

As the charitable arm of the Chicago Bar Association, the CBF’s mission recognizes that taking a leadership role to ensure equal access to justice is our common cause as a profession, and that we can make a distinct impact in advancing that cause by the legal community coming together through the CBF.

The CBF pursues two overarching goals to improve access to justice:


Increasing access to free and affordable legal assistance for people in need


Making the courts and legal system more user-friendly, fair, and accessible for people without lawyers


For the Public

For Lawyers & Legal Professionals

Our Impact In Numbers

Grants that support access to justice initiatives awarded annually

$7 Million

Chicagoans in need of legal assistance served each year

Tens of thousands

Chicago area legal aid organizations supported


Stay Informed

Since 1948, The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) has been dedicated to bringing Chicago’s legal community together to improve access to justice for people in need and make the legal system more fair and efficient for everyone. 


Learn about The Chicago Bar Foundation’s upcoming events and initiatives in the fight for equal access to justice. 


Bob Glaves, Executive Director of the CBF, provides insights on the modern justice system and people’s access to justice.