The founding objective of the Illinois Bar Foundation in 1951, the Lawyers Care Fund remains a core component of our mission today. Named after IBF Past President Warren Lupel, this program provides financial aid to deserving members of the Illinois Bar during times of crisis, helping them pay for day-to-day necessities when they are no longer able to support themselves and their families.
The typical recipient is a solo practitioner or small firm lawyer who has had a major medical or mental health crisis that prevents them from practicing law, either temporarily or permanently. The related medical expenses often deplete savings and make maintaining a reasonable standard of living nearly impossible. The IBF offers a lifeline to help keep these attorneys and their families in their homes, buy groceries, and pay medical bills. In FY22, the IBF distributed over $100,000 in financial aid to attorneys and their families in need throughout Illinois.
*Please select the Warren Lupel Lawyers Care Fund when making a donation
The Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Care Fund is intended to provide support for Illinois lawyers and their families who have fallen on hard times. Funding is not unlimited and meeting the following criteria is essential.
The Illinois Bar Foundation generally will not consider funding attorneys who have had their law license involuntarily suspended or revoked by the ARDC. Funding in these cases may be conditioned upon participation by the applicant in the Lawyers Assistance Program or some other counseling or assistance program.
For applicants with a history of substance abuse or mental health issues, the Illinois Bar Foundation has a preference for those who have undertaken a treatment program with licensed professionals and have an established track record of success in such a recovery program. Support may be conditioned on participation in such a program and may require the signing of appropriate waivers to allow regular compliance checks by Foundation staff.
If you know a lawyer in need, please contact the IBF for a confidential consultation or view and download the application at the link above.