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2013 Program Awards Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 American Inns of Court Program Award Winners!

First Place

Money Talk$ So Nobody Walks: The Persistent Funding Crisis in Indigent Defense (P12235)
The American Inn of Court of Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana

Summary: This musical program examined the topic of indigent defense and the legislative reform attempts of the indigent defense funding system. Through a series of short vignettes, the program addressed the fictional case of Clarence Gideon who struggles to prove his innocence with the weary assistance of an overworked, underfunded indigent defender. The program paused after each vignette to discuss the foundations, strengths, and weaknesses of Louisiana's system of indigent defense. The vignettes were supplemented with an audience sing-along accompanied by a Bob Dylan impersonator and band. 
Materials: Script, Articles, Law  

Second Place

Inferno: The Dalia Vargas Story (P12234)
The Philadelphia Criminal Law American Inn of Court-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary: This program is based on the Dalia Vargas kidnapping case and illustrated the preliminary phases of a criminal prosecution as well as accompanying ethical concerns. The program is a skit in four acts in the style of "Law and Order" with pre-recorded video portions. The program facilitator led discussion over ethical concerns faced by Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors following each act.
Materials: Script, Articles, Law, Facts, Video 

Third Place

Who Makes the Call? (P12272)
The Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court-Sacramento, California

Summary: Set against the fast-paced and entertaining backdrop of a 1970's-style television game show, "Who Makes the Call?" asks the audience to participate in an exploration of authority. The program examined whether an attorney has authority to make various decisions in a typical litigation matter or whether the client must make the call. The program is loosely based on a real case from Los Angeles, California, where an attorney claimed he did not have his client's consent prior to agreeing to settle a case. The program followed the case through various stages of the litigation raising questions about who must "make the call": the attorney or the client.
Materials: Script, Articles, Law, Handouts, Video 

Best Special Project

The History and Influence of the English Inns of Court: An Evening With Professor Sir John Hamilton Baker (P12262)
The Temple American Inn of Court-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Summary: This program featured Sir John Hamilton Baker, a prominent educator and leading legal historian. The program began with a parody skit reflecting the incivility and lack of professionalism that prompted the founding of the American Inns of Court. Following the skit, Sir John Hamilton Baker lectured on the history and influence of the English Inns of Court based on his extensive personal research.
Materials: Outline, Research, Handouts, Video 

Outstanding Programs

Ethics Issues from TV and Film (P12274)
The Austin Intellectual Property American Inn of Court-Austin, Texas

Social Media and Judicial/Attorney Ethics (P12283)
The First District Appellate American Inn of Court-Tallahassee, Florida

The Wizard of Lawz (P12480)
The American Inn of Court of Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana

Failed Settlements, Misrepresentations, & Confidentiality (P12271)
The Louis M. Welsh American Inn of Court-San Diego, California

John Adams: It's a Wonderful Life (P12231)
The Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court-New York, New York

When We First Practice to Deceive: The Ethics of Deception (P12426)
The New York American Inn of Court-New York, New York

12 Angry Yoots Kill a Mockingbird...Tweet, Tweet (P12308)
The Judge Consuelo M. Callahan American Inn of Court-Stockton, California

The ProSe Litigant (P12259)
The Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court-Melbourne, Florida

On Whose Service? (P12422)
The Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court-Sacramento, California

A Celebration of Professionalism (P12303)
The American Inn of Court of Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana