Resources for Trust and Estate Law Professors and Law Schools 

The ACTEC Foundation is committed to providing resources to help trust and estate professors educate future leaders in the trust and estate practice. Mentoring future trust and estate attorneys is a critical facet of the education they are receiving. Wills clinics are one way to give 2Ls and 3Ls real-world experience in the practice of trust and estate law. The ACTEC Foundation supported grant funding for three Wills clinics: Harvard University, the University of Tennessee, and the University of Wyoming, and also supported the development at the University of Oregon of a mentorship program that pairs students with attorneys to provide pro bono estate planning services.

The ACTEC Foundation makes the resources listed below available without charge to trust and estate professors as part of its mission to promotes scholarship and education in trust, estate, tax, and related areas of the law by supporting scholarship to improve the law and by encouraging teaching, careers and life-long learning in the area. 

If your law school is interested in applying for an ACTEC Foundation grant, please complete the Grant Application Form and send the completed application via email to amy.michaud@actec.org.


Educational Resources Available for Use: 

  • Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition — The ACTEC Foundation provides grant funding for the annual Mary Moers Wenig Student writing Competition, which encourages law students to research in the trust and estate discipline to create scholarly papers on topics of interest to the trust and estate practice.  Prizes include a full tuition scholarship, cash awards, publication in the ACTEC Law Journal and online publication oThe ACTEC Foundation’s website. 
  • A How-To Wills Mentorship Program — Law schools that are interested in setting up a Wills for the Underserved program will appreciate the manuals and templates available for use. 
  • Student Editorial Board at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra — The Foundation supports the Student Editorial Board of the ACTEC Law Journal at Hofstra University, another opportunity for students to engage in scholarly work in the trust and estate field. 
  • ACTEC Trust & Estate Talk podcasts — A weekly podcast series devoted to professional trust and estate topics. 
  • The ACTEC Commentaries on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct — The Commentaries, a tool you may use in your classrooms, offers law students guidance and T&E best practices.   
  • ACTEC Symposia — Academic Symposia are held about every two years, supported by The ACTEC Foundation, and universities around the country and the world. 
  • Social Science Research Network — An electronic archive of abstracts to, and full text reproductions of, scholarly papers in the social sciences, including the study of law (within the Legal Scholarship Network). Free access to the articles is available due to a grant from The ACTEC Foundation. 
  • Reprint Request  To request permission to reprint The ACTEC Foundation copyrighted materials, please complete and return the reprint permission form to ACTEC:
    • Email: frontdesk@actec.org
    • Mail: Reprint Permission The ACTEC Foundation, 901 15th Street, N.W., Suite 525, Washington, DC 20005  
    • Please allow ACTEC seven (7) business days to review the reprint permission request.