Summit Program

The word “summit” has two distinct meanings: one being a meeting or conference, the other being the highest peak of a hill or mountain. We like to think of a Leadership Summit as both: it is a meeting of current and aspiring American Inns of Court leaders that will equip you with the insights and the tools you need to ascend to excellence.
By attending a Leadership Summit, you will enter a collaborative environment to learn about the latest best practices and resources  to manage your Inn from other leaders and AIC staff, with the goal of providing you with everything you will need to offer the highest quality experience to your members. During the summit,  you will:

  • Meet and connect with other Inn leaders to hear successful approaches for managing an Inn and address common challenges of recruiting, engaging and retaining members
  • Generate ideas to keep your Inn’s education and mentoring programs meaningful and relevant for members at all career levels
  • Integrate the resources and member benefits offered by the national organization into your Inn to provide greater value to your members

General Outline of a Leadership Summit


STRUCTURE—Leadership and Administration of an Inn of Court

  • Organizational and Operational Requirements
  • Officer Roles and Responsibilities
  • Inn Leadership Best Practices

PEOPLE—Identifying, recruiting, engaging and retaining members

  • Understand Prospective Members’ Motivations and Perception
  • Communicating the Inn’s Value to Address Members’ Needs
  • Making the Experience Meaningful to Difference Career Stages

Lunch—Free time to relax, refresh, check email and connect with likeminded Inn leaders


EXPERIENCE—Pupillage, Mentoring and Outreach to expand professional aptitude

  • Pupillage Teams as a foundation for Mentoring and Learning
  • Mentoring Programs to match Inn culture and member needs
  • Mentoring as an integral part of Inn activities
  • Motivating Members through Community Service opportunities

PROGRAMS—Meetings and Content that are engaging and relevant

  • Creative Program Design
  • Guiding Content Development
  • “Great Ideas” that Weren’t so great and how to improve them
  • Managing the Details

TOOLS—Available resources to support Inn leadership

  • Online Tools
  • Samples, Models and Guidelines