Erie County Bar Foundation

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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.

We're Here to Help

To apply for assistance from the Foundation, you may contact Anne Noble directly at 716.852.1777 for an application or download an application from this site.  All inquiries are treated confidentially.

Hear from the Foundation President

Our Foundation President, Pamela Thibodeau, publishes a message to the membership and supporters of the Foundation in the Bulletin. We provide those letters here on the Foundation page for later reading. We encourage you to read and share with your colleagues!

We Can Do This

In this historical time of fear, anxiety, privation and grievous loss, I wish to offer some inspiration and hope for better times to come. Sadly,

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An Open Letter from a BAEC Member