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The Erie County Bar Foundation was formed in 1957 by a small group of concerned lawyers who wanted to help a friend in need. Over the decades hundreds of attorneys in Erie County have benefited from the timely assistance of the Foundation, the only bar foundation in the United States dedicated to helping members of the profession in times of crisis.
In 1980, its purpose was redefined and its primary objectives were identified as: assisting members of the legal profession and their families in Erie County; improving the administration of justice; cultivating knowledge and understanding of the law; and promoting the study of law, the science of jurisprudence, and legal research.
The Foundation provides confidential assistance to attorneys who are troubled by emotional illness, financial hardship, alcohol and drug dependencies, and similar difficulties. In addition, attorneys who do not require financial assistance from the Foundation may have access to the services of the Attorney Resource Counselor on a fee basis.
To apply for assistance from the Foundation you may contact Katherine Bifaro directly at 716.852.1777 for an application or download one from this site. All inquiries are treated confidentially.