Improving Access to Justice, Advancing the Rule of Law

As a philanthropic organization we recognize the importance of the law to ensure access to justice for everyone. We provide grants to facilitate financial support for life changing programs and to encourage professionals to improve access to justice and advance the rule of law.

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You Make A Difference

Veterans Memorial Fund Established by Former Chief Judge Sol Wachtler and Lauren J. Wachtler to Support Civil Legal Services

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Justice Cheryl Chambers Takes Over as President of the New York Bar Foundation as David Schraver Assumes Vice Presidency

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Hon. Theresa Whelan

The New York Bar Foundation Launches the Hon. Theresa B. Whelan Memorial Fund for Families and Children

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About The New York Bar Foundation

Since 1950, we’ve worked to improve the New York State justice system and better serve individuals and communities. By supporting educational programs, facilitating the delivery of legal services for those who need it most, and furthering the public’s understanding of the law, your contributions are creating a better, more stable society through a more equitable legal system for everyone.

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The Fellows of the New York Bar Foundation are members of the bench and bar recognized for outstanding professional achievement, dedication to the legal profession, and commitment to the Rule of Law.

Each Fellow makes a commitment to financially support the goals and objectives of The Foundation through charitable contributions. Fellows also assist the Board in identifying potential grant projects and other causes that may benefit from The Foundation’s assistance.

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Grants & Scholarships

Grants are one of the most effective ways for you to have a direct impact on society. We award grants to legal service offices, bar associations, and non-profit groups to provide pro-bono resources for those who need it most, fund educational programs, and advance diversity initiatives.

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TNYBF Happenings

Thank you to our donors for making this important work possible through our grant program. Your gift to the Foundation makes a difference across NYS! @NYSBA

Exciting News! We're thrilled to announce a $6,500 grant from @nybarfoundation for our Legal Education Advocacy Program (LEAP)! This support will help URI to continue empowering survivors with essential legal education and assistance. Read more:

Thank you Judge Wachtler & Lauren Wachtler @BarclayDamonLLP for establishing this fund to help veterans access legal services through our grant program! Wachtler Veterans Memorial Fund established to support civil legal services for veterans @NYSBA

Congratulations and welcome new Fellow Jennifer Scharf, Williamsville, (JD8)@UniversityofBuffalo! Thank you for joining the Maryann Saccomando Circle of Giving! You are helping vulnerable people across NYS access critical legal services. Thank you for making a difference! @NYSBA

Join Us in Supporting the Cause

With the help of our generous community of individuals, law firms, and corporations, we’ve been able to have life-changing impacts on our State’s citizens. You can join us in this important work.