The Fellows Program

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation are a distinguished group of attorneys and non-attorney Foundation supporters who believe in the value of justice and philanthropy. Fellows commit to a pledge payable over ten years, creating sustainable long-term funding for our Access to Justice and Lawyers Care programs throughout the state.

Becoming a Fellow

It’s easy to pledge your support and further the work of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Select your membership level and you can choose to be billed annually or enroll in automatic annual, quarterly, or monthly payments. Fellows receive special recognition at ISBA Annual & Midyear Meetings, on our website, and in publications such as the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Illinois Lawyer Now, and the Illinois Bar Journal.

Contributions from our Fellows make a direct impact on the lives of those we serve in communities around Illinois. Fellows may also opt to restrict their pledge for the appellate district of their choice, allowing their contributions to stay close to home and help neighbors in need.

Fellows Membership Levels

10 Year Commitment

Bronze Fellow $100 per year
Silver Fellow $200 per year
Gold Fellow $500 per year
Diamond Fellow $1,000 per year
Platinum Fellow $1,500 per year
Pillar of the Foundation $2,500 per year
Become a Fellow

Already a Fellow?

Fellows pledges can be upgraded at any time, and the amount already paid toward your existing pledge applies to your upgraded level, making an upgrade less costly but more impactful for those in need.

Upgrade Your Fellowship

Past Chairs & Award Recipients

Past Chairs

Since its inception in 1983, the Chairs of the Fellows have demonstrated strong leadership of the program and the Illinois Bar Foundation. We appreciate the invaluable contributions of all of our Past Chairs.

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Fellows Award Honorees

The Illinois Bar Foundation is proud to present awards to esteemed members of our legal community at our annual Fellows Breakfast. The Honorary Fellow Award is presented to attorneys of singular distinction whose professional and public careers set an example to which others aspire. The Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community, including support the work of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

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Fellows Reception Honorees

The Illinois Bar Foundation is proud to host periodic Fellows Receptions, honoring attorneys around the state who embody the mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation through their leadership and dedication to the legal community.

Interested in nominating an attorney to be honored at a Fellows Reception? Email

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