Howard T. Markey Endowment Fund

Partner with us to build the capacity of the American Inns of Court to elevate the practice of law.  The American Inns of Court are dedicated to building and preserving a bench and bar that are worthy of respect for the essential role they play in fostering the rule of law—one in which lawyers work together civilly and professionally and judges are fair and impartial—even as clients and litigants are strongly opposed to each other.

GIVE NOW! Your significant donation increases the endowment, supporting programs and scholarships into the future. 

Your endowment contribution can go toward the general Board-designated fund, or you can earmark your contribution to support one of the following award or scholarship programs:

Recognition Societies

  • AIC Honor Society ($500,000 +)
  • AIC Leadership Fellows ($250,000 - $499,999)
  • AIC Mission Fellows($100,000 - $249,999)
  • Warren E. Burger Fellows ($50,000 - $99,999)
  • Howard T. Markey Fellows ($25,000 - $49,999)
  • A. Sherman Christensen Fellows  ($10,000–$24,999)
  • Sherman L. Cohn President’s Circle  ($5,000–$9,999)
  • Benefactor  ($1000–$4999)
Thank you to our many donors!

Make your pledge now!

To make your contribution to the Howard T. Markey Endowment Fund, please download and complete this pledge form.  Be sure to indicate on the form whether your contribution is earmarked for a specific program. Send the completed form to

The American Inns of Court Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

The Howard T. Markey Endowment Fund was established in 2003 to provide long-term financial stability for the American Inns of Court Foundation and to enable the Foundation to maintain its leadership of the movement to elevate the American practice of law by promoting ideals of excellence and professionalism, the exercise of civility, and adherence to legal ethics.

The fund has over $3M in restricted and unrestricted assets. The fund is professionally managed in accordance with a Board-approved Investment Policy. Withdrawals of income or principal from the Portfolio are made only for specific projects in support of the mission of the AIC, as determined by the Board and consistent with donor instructions and expectations. The Board-approved spending rate is 4% of the average market value of the total portfolio, based on the trailing 36 months.