U.S. Foundation

The Foundation is dedicated to improvement in the quality of trial and appellate advocacy, the administration of justice and the ethics of the profession.  It is funded by voluntary contributions, memorial gifts and bequests, and is designated as a 501(c)(3) organization.


Contributions to the Foundation may be made online or by sending a check to the National Office.  Thank you for your support of our mission.

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Ties and Scarves

Celebrate your Fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers by wearing a College-themed tie or scarf.  The compelling "hermit and horse" design was created by Former Regent John S. Siffert, and evokes the Induction Charge read to all Fellows:

"We know that your attainment of the front ranks of the bar has not been without its costs, and we recognize that our specialty exacts much of those who win its favor.  Truly, we are, in Lord Eldon's words, the hermit and the horse."

Articles are sold at cost with a small increment going entirely to the Foundation. 


Grant Application

Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Annual Reports


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Giving Levels

The following giving levels are recognized by the Foundation.  Cumulative gifts at the Patron level and above are acknowledged in the College Roster (Blue Book).

Chancellor $100,000 and above
Governor $50,000-$99,999
Ambassador $25,000-$49,999
Leader $10,000-$24,999
Patron $5,000-$9,999
Sponsor $1,000-$4,999
Fellow $1-$999


Emil Gumpert Award

The Emil Gumpert Award is funded by the Foundation. The Award recognizes programs, whether public or private, whose principal purpose is to maintain and improve the administration of justice.  Learn more about the Emil Gumpert Award.