William C. Becker Lawyers Fund Committee

The William C. Becker Lawyers Fund of the Akron Bar Foundation provides assistance to lawyers and members of their immediate families who, because of age, illness or other circumstances find themselves in financial distress. The Fund seeks to ensure that its recipients have adequate housing, food, and medical care to the best of the Fund’s abilities. Financial assistance may include grants, loans without interest or security, paying advances to immediate family, or after death, advancing money to the families, including the cost of burial.

The Fund was established in 2006 with a donation from Professor Becker. The Fund is administered by a committee of eight members of the Akron Bar Association, including the presidents of the Akron Bar Foundation and the Akron Bar Association. 

The Akron Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and welcomes all donations made to the Becker Fund. 

The application for assistance is listed below. Completed applications should be emailed to development@akronbar.org. For further questions, contact committee chair Irv Sugerman or the development director at 330.436-0103. Be assured that the entire process is strictly confidential.

Application for the William C. Becker Lawyers’ Fund

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Committee Leadership


Irv Sugerman | 330.434.7516


Roy Krall | 330.258.9890

Akron Bar Staff Liaison:
Development Director | 330.436.0103