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

Celebration of Excellence

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The American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence is held annually at the Supreme Court of the United States to honor individuals who have contributed their talent, time, energy, and resources to furthering the ideals of the American Inns of Court. The black-tie event begins with a reception, followed by dinner in the Great Hall and the awards presentation in the Court Room.

The Celebration of Excellence

The Honorable Clarence Thomas hosted our 2013 Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Photographs taken during the event will be available for purchase directly from the photographer, Kevin Kennedy, through his website at http://www.pictage.com/1488173. Questions regarding purchase of photographs should be directed to Kevin.

The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg will host our 2014 Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

The A. Sherman Christensen Award, the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service and the Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented. The 2014 Professionalism Awards recipients will be recognized as well. 

Celebration of Excellence Registration

  • General registration will open on September 2, 2014 for any remaining seats. If there are no remaining seats, your registrations will be added to the waiting list.
  • Please do not make any travel arrangements until you receive an e-mail confirming that your registration has been approved and processed.
  • We would really like to accommodate all of our members at the Celebration of Excellence, but space restrictions make this impossible! 

Celebration of Excellence Questions 

Celebration of Excellence Refund Policy

  • Full refunds will be issued for written cancellations received by October 16, 2014.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 17, 2014.

Celebration of Excellence Attire

  • Proper attire for the evening is black tie "preferred."
  • Most gentlemen will be wearing tuxedos.
  • Most ladies will be wearing cocktail dresses or evening gowns.

Celebration of Excellence Transportation

  • If you are driving to the Supreme Court, please note that parking is not available at the Court.
  • Street parking is available in the area near the Court, but please be advised that many of the streets immediately adjacent to the Court do not permit parking.

Accommodations

The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel 
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 
Tel: (202) 638-1616

  • Reservations should be made directly with the hotel no later than September 8, 2014, by calling (866) 233-4642. Be sure to specify that you are with the American Inns of Court Foundation to receive the special group rate. Reservations received after the cut-off date will be subject to space and rate availability. An advance deposit or credit card is required to guarantee the reservation.

Cameras

  • Cameras are NOT permitted in the building. 
  • There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of the event.

Additional Information

  • If you have special dietary or other needs, please let us know as early as possible so that we can make your evening as enjoyable as possible.
  • The reception and dinner will be held at the Supreme Court of the United States. The address is One First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543.
  • You may enter the building through the First Street visitor's entrance. This entrance is located to the right and left of the front main steps.
  • The reception will be in the East and West Conference Rooms and the dinner will be held in the Great Hall, followed by the awards presentation in the Courtroom.