Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills

Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

How do I join an American Inn of Court?

  • Each American Inn of Court establishes its own criteria for membership and its own procedures for admitting new members.
  • Please contact the Inn directly. 
  • The Inn nearest you will instruct you on how to apply for membership.
  • Find an Inn near you.

What does it cost (in terms of both time and money) to join?

  • Membership in an American Inn of Court requires active participation. 
  • Most Inns hold monthly meetings from September through May. 
  • Members are expected to participate in pupillage teamwork to develop one of the monthly programs. 
  • Many Inns also have structured mentoring programs that require additional time.
  • Inns must charge dues to cover the cost of meals at the monthly meetings.

How many members are in the American Inns of Court?

The American Inns of Court is one of the fastest growing legal organizations in the country.  Today, there are more than 30,000 judges, lawyers, law students, and law school faculty actively participating in the American Inns of Court. There are also more than 100,000 alumni members.

How many law schools are affiliated with the American Inns of Court?

There are more than 150 accredited law schools participating with one or more Inns in some way.

Are the American Inns of Court tied to the English Inns?

While the American Inns of Court were inspired by the English Inns and we share a collegial relationship, there is no formal or legal relationship.

Can I visit the English Inns?

Members of the American Inns of Court enjoy visitation privileges established by a Declaration of Friendship signed by the English and American Inns of Court. 

  • Members can acquire a letter of introduction that will officially introduce them to the English and Irish Inns. 
  • Letters do not guarantee admittance to the Inns. 
  • It is the member's responsibility to contact the Inns to arrange appointments. 
  • Contact information for each Inn will be provided in a confirmation fax once the letter of introduction has been sent.

Is the American Inns of Court just for trial lawyers?

No. Originally, the American Inns of Court were started as a way to improve trial advocacy skills. The mission of the American Inns of Court today, however, is broader and focuses on ethics, civility and professionalism in the practice of law. There is also one active Inn of Transaction Counsel and a few others are being organized.

Can the American Inns of Court help me locate a good lawyer in another part of the country?

Many Inn members will refer business to other Inn members across the country.  Members can access the national membership directory by clicking here.  The American Inns of Court, however, does not offer a referral service.

Can I talk to someone in my area about the American Inns of Court?

Yes. Members of Inns are usually quite happy to talk about their experiences. You can also:

Do the courts see any benefit to the American Inns of Court?

Yes. The American Inns of Court have been endorsed by:

  • The Conference of Chief Justices
  • The Judicial Administration Division of the American Bar Association
  • The Seventh Circuit Committee on Professionalism

Do judges give preference to other American Inns of Court members in their courts?

No. The American Inns of Court give judges and lawyers an opportunity to discuss the ethical and professional issues that they share. However, since the primary focus of Inn membership is ethics, there is a strong assumption that neither judges nor lawyers will use their Inn membership in a way that would violate their ethical duties.

Website and Web Services

Do I need to log in to the website?

We have numerous resources and features that are open to members. Some of the substantive content on the site includes:

If you want to update your profile or order a program from the online Program Library you will need to log-in to the website. Since we have e-mail addresses for most of our active members on file, most of you have an account that will allow you to access the Program Library and other protected content. 

How do I create an account so that I can log in to the website?

You most likely already have an account. The national office has e-mail addresses on file for most of our active members. The e-mail address we have on file for you serves as your username or log in. Anyone who has an e-mail address on file with us has an account. 

How do I log in to the website? Sign In

  • Navigate to the American Inns of Court home page.
  • Click on "Sign In" at the top or bottom of the page. (See figure at right
  • Enter your e-mail address.
  • Enter your case-sensitive password.
  • Click on the "Submit" button.

How can I find out what my password is?

  • Navigate to the American Inns of Court home page.
  • Click on "Sign In" at the top or bottom of the page. (See figure at right
  • Click on the "Reset Password" button if you do not know your password.
  • Enter your e-mail address.
  • Click on the "Submit" button.

If you request your password but do not receive it within 24 hours, please contact the webmaster at the national office by e-mail or call us at (703) 684-3590.

You may receive the following error message: "The email address you entered was not found on our system." If you receive this message, please contact the national office by e-mail or by phone at (703) 684-3590. In order to correct this problem, we simply need to update your e-mail address in our database.

How do I Update My Profile and Contact Information?

Once you are logged-in to the website, click on "My Profile" at the top of the page in the custom navigation bar.Edit My Profile

On the Edit Profile (See figure at right) page you can: 

  • Update your name or correct misspellings
  • Update or change professional practice areas
  • Update or change your company organization
  • Update or change phone number and fax numbers
  • Update or change your e-mail address
  • Add or edit a short biography
  • Update or change your mailing address
  • Update or change your online Membership Directory preferences
  • Update or change contact information for your assistant
  • Add or change a personal picture
  • You can change your password

My Profile PagesOn the My Committees (a, see figure at right) page you can review your committee assignments (if you are assigned to a committee) and e-mail your committee members.

On the My Teams (b, see figure at right) page you can review your pupillage team assignments and e-mail the other members of your team.

On the Pay My Invoices (c, see figure at right) page you can pay your dues invoices online if your American Inn of Court is registered to collect credit card payments online

On the My Meetings (d, see figure at right) page you can review the meeting to which you have been invited and you can RSVP for those meeting to which you have been invited or update your response.

How do I order a program from the online Program Library?

  • Programs in the program library are only available to members of the American Inns of Court.
  • You must log in to the website in order to access the online Program Library.
  • Once you have logged in to the website, navigate to the Program Library.
  • For more information about programs or the program library, please contact Christina Hartle, Chapter Services Coordinator.

Awards

How do I submit my Inn program for a Program Award?

  • Programs may be submitted via e-mail to Christina Hartle.
  • You can also send your programs to the American Inns of Court Foundation at 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 770 Alexandria, VA 22314.
  • Programs must be submitted within 60 days of presentation to the Inn to be eligible for award consideration. Inn programs in May and June must be postmarked by June 30. 
  • Please include a complete set of materials along with a Program Submission Form.
  • Only original programs presented between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015 are eligible.
  • If you have any questions about Program Awards, please contact Christina Hartle by e-mail or by phone at (800) 233-3590 ext. 105.

How do I nominate someone for a national award?

  • Nomination procedures and deadlines vary by award
  • Please visit  the national awards page on this website for more information
  • Contact Cindy Dennis, the Awards and Scholarships Coordinator, for more information