A Legacy of Justice

2014 Equal Justice Works Fellow Lee Robbins. EJW Fellowships are just one initiative the Brode Fund has made possible through the CBF.

As a public foundation, the good work of the CBF is only possible through the voluntary support of thousands of individuals and dedicated partners who contribute in so many different ways. And everyone who supports the CBF can be proud that you have made the CBF the largest and most impactful voluntarily supported bar foundation anywhere in the country. A number of committed supporters have taken that strong support a step further by leaving a legacy of justice through a planned gift to the CBF.

A great example was the planned gift by the legendary Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, which along with providing key support for the CBF’s overall mission established the CBF Marovitz Public Interest Law Scholarship. Another example was the gifts by Eleanor Moses, made in honor of her husband and son, to establish the CBF Moses Scholarship.

The largest estate gift to the CBF to date was made possible by George Brode, a lawyer and businessman who dedicated the largest portion of his estate to charity. With a gift totalling approximately $2.1 million, the CBF set up the George Brode Fund, which has supported a variety of innovative access to justice initiatives.

Through the Brode Fund, the CBF was able to provide $400,000 of critical seed funding in Mr. Brode’s name to help launch the groundbreaking access to justice initiative now known as Illinois Legal Aid Online.

The Brode Fund also provided long-term support that allowed the CBF to fund a number of fellowships through Equal Justice Works, and made it possible for the CBF to significantly expand our nationally acclaimed pro bono and advocacy efforts.

These indeed are legacies of justice. To learn how you can leave a legacy of justice to propel the CBF into the next 70 years by becoming part of the CBF Legacy of Justice Society, check out the planned giving page on the CBF website.