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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, left to right: Robert McDonough, John Kincaid, Casey Woodruff, Andre Gaston, David Clark, Mia McPherson, Christine McTigue, Patrick Edgerton. Front row, left to right: Christopher Maurer, Wendy Musielak, Colleen McLaughlin, Gerald Cassioppi, Donna Cain, Ronald Menna, Susan Williams, Jodi Henninger and Cindy Allston. Not pictured Harold Conick, James Laraia, Richard Lofgren, and Bret Klemetson.




  • 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:


In Memoriam

Is there an attorney you would like to honor with a memorial plaque?


The DuPage Bar Foundation Memorial Plaque is hung in the DuPage County Courthouse.  The plaque is 51"x38" solid walnut with 162 brushed brass plates engraved in black to make it easy to read. Plates are $250 with tax deductible proceeds being donated to the DuPage Bar Foundation.  Plates will be added to the plaque quarterly. For more information, contact Emlyn Bertsche, 630-653-7779. Complete the order form today or you can also order a plate on-line by completing an order. You MUST provide the Plate Information in the memo section: Name, Year Admitted to Practice, Birth Date, Death Date.



Grants to Local Non-Profit Organizations

DBF facilitates the administration of justice by inviting grant submissions once a year. Please complete the application and return by October 21, 2019.  


2018 DBF awarded grants to:


       Family Shelter Service

       FLAP Farmers & Landscapers Advocacy Project

       HOME DuPage

       Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

       Pro Bono Network



Law Student Scholarships


Mario Casciaro, Ala Salameh, Wesam Shahed, Christian Ketter (William J. Bauer Scholarship) and DBF President Raleigh Kalbfleisch


The DBF promotes the study of law via the Ambassador and William J. Bauer Scholarships. The DBF Board awards these scholarships annually to one or more law students who have completed one full semester (24 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 website. 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

Kurt Kingler and Dexter Evans from Woodruff Johnson & Evans  

Woodruff Johnson & Evans are proud to sponsors a DuPage Bar Foundation Law Student Scholarship. This joint venture between the firm and the foundation funds awards to deserving DuPage area law students.


The Elsie Lemmen Memorial Scholarship recognizes a law student who demonstrates pro bono experience or a desire to offer legal aid to the needy as an attorney or volunteer.


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 Emlyn Bertsche 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.


Create a Facebook Birthday Fundraiser

You can create a birthday fundraiser on Facebook and proceeds will benefit the Dupage Bar Foundation by following these easy steps! Keep in mind that you'll be asked to provide the following information when creating a birthday fundraiser:

  • The nonprofit you want to raise money for.
  • The amount of money you want to raise.
  • The date you want your fundraiser to end.
  • A title and description for your fundraiser.

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2017/18

Annual Report 2016/17

Annual Report 2015/16


For Information:

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

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