You can promote justice for all residents of Illinois, regardless of their ability to afford an attorney, through a cy pres award by recommending the Illinois Bar Foundation as the recipient. While it is ultimately up to the courts to determine whether a cy pres award is appropriate, attorneys for the plaintiff and defense can each play an important role in directing cy pres awards to the Illinois Bar Foundation.

  • Mission: The IBF seeks, at the heart of our mission, to improve the administration of justice and strives to find new and innovative ways to make the court system more accessible to those in need.

  • Alliances: The IBF works closely with the court system, the organized bar, and the legal aid community to foster programs to improve the legal system in Illinois.

  • Expertise: With more than 60 years of experience in the legal aid system, the IBF has strategically and objectively funded many organizations dedicated to improving the legal system, building an ability to consistently direct limited resources toward the best programs.

  • Flexibility: Through our diverse array of programs, the IBF has the flexibility of using a cy pres award to expand our established grant making program or to target the funds toward specific access to justice projects or organizations.

  • Free of Potential Conflicts: The IBF does not file any lawsuits or represent parties in any court and is therefore free of any potential conflict that might otherwise arise.

  • Stewardship: Thousands of lawyers each year entrust the IBF Board of Directors with the stewardship of their charitable funds.

  • Statewide Focus: The IBF brings a unique statewide perspective to our work, funding projects in rural areas, where the need for legal services is particularly great, as well as in major metropolitan areas. With a larger scale view of the legal aid system, the Foundation can direct cy pres funds to projects with the greatest impact.


cy pres awards

Thank you to the following firms for recommending the IBF for cy pres awards:


Community Lawyers Group

Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine

Edelman, Combs, Latturner & Goodwin, LLC

Edelson PC

The Fish Law Firm, P.C.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Jackson Lewis LLP

Keogh Law, LTD

Law Office of Jamie Golden Sypulski

McGuire Law, P.C.

Miller Law LLC

Schad, Diamond & Shedden, P.C.

Smith & McMorrow, P.C.

Werman Salas P.C.

Zimmerman Law Offices

For more information on how your firm can recommend the IBF for a cy pres award please call 312-726-6072 or email

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