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Illinois Judges Foundation

The Illinois Judges Foundation, a relatively new organization, was

established in 2007 by the members of the Illinois Judges Association

and received its 501(c) 3 status at that time. The mission of the

organization is philanthropic in nature and purpose. Its membership is

composed of both current sitting judges and retired judges from the state

court level throughout the State of Illinois.

The Illinois Judges Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois Judges

Association, funds educational, civic, and scholarship projects which

advance the rule of law, the legal profession, and the administration of

justice, and encourages judicial participation in these endeavors.

Presently, the IJF funds the following initiatives:

"7 Reasons to Leave the Party" -- an award-winning program in

which Illinois judges talk to students about the legal and personal

consequences of drinking and driving.

"Page it Forward Reading Program" -- program that gets books to

school age students in need.

Judge Harold Sullivan $5,000 annual scholarship award to one

of the nine Illinois law schools.

 American Bar Association's Judicial Intern Opportunity

Program -- a summer judicial internship program comprised of first-

or second-year minority or financially disadvantaged law students;

In keeping with the mission of the Foundation, other initiatives that could

be considered for funding in the future include:

·        Projects around the state to assist the poor and under-represented

better understand court proceedings, make informed decisions, find help,

and present their cases in court;

·        Programs that mentor or teach children and young adults about the

legal system and the role of judges and lawyers within it.

Illinois Judges Foundation 321 South Plymouth Court Chicago, Illinois 60604 (312) 554-2008 ijf@chicagobar.org
In 2008, the Illinois Judges Foundation established the “Friends Program” in order to build the Foundation's endowment and to fund its existing and future initiatives. These initiatives are described here. For a list of Friends Program Members, or more information, please click here.
Friends Program