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Celebration of Excellence


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 the awards presentation in the Court Room and dinner in the Great Hall.

The Celebration of Excellence

The Honorable Elena Kagan will host our 2015 Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States on Saturday, October 24, 2015.

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 2015 Professionalism Awards recipients will be recognized as well. 

Celebration of Excellence Registration

  • General registration will open on September 2, 2015 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 Transportation

  • Transportation will not be provided to the Supreme Court before the event.
  • Transportation following the event, however, will be provided from the front of the Supreme Court building to the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.
  • You do not have to be staying at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel to utilize the bus transportation.
  • It is a short cab ride from the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel.

Celebration of Excellence Questions 

Celebration of Excellence Refund Policy

  • Full refunds will be issued for written cancellations received by October 15, 2015.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 16, 2015.

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.


The Mayflower Renaissance Washington DC
1127 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 
Tel: (202) 347-300

  • The American Inns of Court Foundation has secured a block of rooms at the reduced rate of $209 for a standard room at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel. The hotel is located at 1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
  • Reservations should be made directly with the hotel no later than September 22, 2015, by visiting or by calling (877) 212-5752. 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 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 awards presentation in the Courtroom followed by dinner in the Great Hall and West Conference Room.