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Mission Statement:

To support justice in our DuPage community by maintaining the integrity of the legal profession, contributing to the education of future lawyers, and improving the facilitation of justice through charitable acts.



Established in 1997, the DuPage Bar Foundation is the charitable [501(c)(3)] arm of the DuPage County Bar Association governed by a Board of Directors consisting up to nineteen distinguished DCBA members.

Back Row: Casey Woodruff, Harold Conick, John Kincaid, Ted Donner, Richard Lofgren, Christine McTigue, Robert McDonough, Christopher Maurer, and Stacey McCullough. Second Row: Cindy Allston, Colleen McLaughlin, Clarissa Myers, Jodi Henninger, Donna Cain, Front Row: Raleigh Kalbfleisch, Ron Menna, Susan Williams and Rebecca Laho. Not pictured: David Clark, James McCluskey and Kiley Whitty.




  • To foster and maintain the honor and integrity of the profession of law;
  • To improve and facilitate the administration of justice;
  • To promote the study of the law;
  • To acquire, preserve and exhibit rare books and documents, subjects of art and items of historical interest having legal significance; and
  • To assist deserving members of the DuPage County Bar Association and their dependents who are ill, incapacitated or superannuated.

The DBF fulfills this purpose by supporting our community with direct and monetary support through the following programs:


Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

DBF facilitates the administration of justice by inviting grant submissions once a year. Application process is open until October 16, 2017.  Download application here.


2017 DBF awarded grants to:

  • Family Shelter Service
  • National Alliance of Mental Illness, NAMI
  • Farmers and Landscapers Advocacy Project (FLAP)
  • Pro Bono Network


Law Student Scholarships


The DBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador and William J. Bauer Scholarships. The DBF Board awards thes scholarships annually to one or more law students who have completed one full semester (12 hours) of law school and reside in, or have an established connection to DuPage County. The DBF announces scholarship availability to all Illinois law school financial aid offices, and posts the scholarship application to our web site. A screening committee will personally interview most applicants. The scholarship is awarded at the Installation dinner in early June. Winner(s) or their representative must be able to personally attend this dinner.


Hosted Scholarship


In 2017, Mulk Laho Law and Woodruff Johnson & Evans are proud to sponsors two $2,000 DuPage Bar Foundation Law Student Scholarships. This joint venture between the firms and the foundation funds awards to deserving DuPage area law students.


Lending a Hand to Our Members in Need

Since its inception, the DBF has assisted several DCBA members in need by contributing financially to help defray major medical expenses.Complete the Lawyers Care Fund Application and submit it in confidence to DBF for consideration.   Note because of DBF's meeting schedule it make take two months to receive a response.


May I Lend a Hand?

The DBF invites all DCBA members, family and friends to lend a hand. We seek tax-deductible financial support, either through direct contributions, pledges or via DCBA dues check-offs. All funds are used toward grants, scholarships and members in need, and not toward salaries. DBF funds will not be used for the financial gain of members or to influence legislation. 


Making a Donation

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Foundation, please click here or contact the office for more information.


Memorial Gifts:

You may also make a donation in memory of a member, friend or family member. Under comments please include the name of the person the gift is being made in memory of and email Cindy Allston at, with the contact information for the family, if known, so a separate letter can be sent to the family acknowledging your gift. 


Shop Smile Amazon

Same Amazon products, prices and service and Amazon will donate back to DBF based on your purchases. Save this portal as your shortcut, share it with friends and family and use it in your office.  Note this will not work through the Amazon App.


Annual Reports

Annual Report 2016/17

Annual Report 2015/16


For Information:

Cindy Allston, Executive Director
DuPage Bar Foundation
126 S. County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 653-7779

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