Happy Anniversary

CBF timeline

Click to see a full timeline of key points in the CBF’s history

Today marks the 70th anniversary of The Chicago Bar Foundation. Since 1948, the CBF has been 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.

You have been an indispensible part of that history and that success and should take pride in all the good work you have made possible. Together, we have provided enduring support for pro bono and legal aid in the Chicago area. We have addressed larger systemic issues like the explosion in unrepresented people in the courts. And we have advocated within the courts and at all levels of government for laws and policies that make the justice system more fair and accessible.

Today, the CBF is the largest voluntarily supported bar foundation in the country. Without you, the CBF could not have been at the forefront of developing so many innovative solutions to emerging and sometimes unexpected access to justice issues.

As part of a celebration through the end of the year, we will take a look at the CBF’s history through 70 posts, each looking at a different project, issue, event, or sometimes just a funny photo. You may even find yourself in that history. You can read these posts here or by following us on social media.

With so many people still unable to afford legal help when they need it today, our work together is far from done. As we look ahead to the next 70 years, with your continued partnership and support, we plan to meet that challenge head on with innovation, creativity and determination.

Thank you for making this work possible!