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America Inns of Court Foundation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9602

Scope and Contents

Collection includes American Inns of Court records, including correspondence, newsletters, photographs, project records, and oral history transcripts and audio recordings with instrumental figures, including Chief Justice Burger, Justice O'Connor, and Rex E. Lee. Also contains papers documenting the development of The American Inns of Court. Materials dated 1967-1997.


  • 1967-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The American Inns of Court Foundation is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals established in 1980. The association aims to be non-partisan and to foster mentoring relationships, conversations about legal issues, and advance ethics and civility. Rex E. Lee, then Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, and Dallin H. Oaks, then president of BYU, were asked by Warren E. Burger, then Chief Justice of the United States, to test the association at BYU. Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Sherman Christensen made the idea workable, and the first American Inn of Court was founded February 2, 1980, in Utah. In 1985, the American Inns of Court Foundation was organized to support the Inns.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Paul Pixton in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Pixton; 2022.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Audio recordings available for use in the Reading Room.

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; October 2023.

Register of America Inns of Court Foundation records
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 October 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States