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

The Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court

The Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court endeavors to embody the goals of the Federal Bar Council and the American Inns of Court by fostering collegial interaction between the Bench and Bar through intellectually stimulating programs and informal discussions that promote the ideals of professionalism, mentoring, ethics and legal skills.

The Inn's mission includes a commitment to diversity of its membership in terms of personal and professional background and experience. Among its many goals, the Inn endeavors to create a community of lawyers and jurists who care about the legal profession and each other, in the hope that members of the Inn will guide, mentor and befriend each other at formal meetings and in their spare time.

President's Welcome July 2012

I am honored to serve as President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court for
the Inn year 2012-2013. Founded in 2000, the FBC Inn is a diverse and collegial group of federal judges and practicing lawyers who gather regularly to "break bread" and to present stimulating and instructive programs on a wide array of legal subjects. The FBC Inn is one of approximately 350 American Inns of Court currently active throughout the country.

Our members reflect a diversity of practice areas and personal and professional
backgrounds. The Inn's members are divided into three categories - Master, Barrister and
Associate - based on years of professional experience. The active members of the FBC Inn are
divided into eight teams, each led by a judge, with each team responsible for devising, preparing and presenting a CLE program to the rest of the Inn. All team members actively participate in the Inn's programs, which reflect a wide variety of topics and formats, including reenactments of historical events and trials, mock arguments and legislative hearings, vignettes of all sorts, and multimedia accompaniments.

Our Inn, like its English forebears, is devoted to fostering professionalism, continuing legal
education, practice skills and mentoring. Our Mission Statement provides that the FBC's Inn
"endeavors to create a community of lawyers and jurists who care about the legal profession and each other, in the hope that members of the Inn will guide, mentor and befriend each other at formal meetings and in their spare time."

Beyond the Inn's monthly program meetings, each preceded by an informal cocktail hour,
and our annual celebratory dinner each June, Inn members gather informally in a variety of
settings. Each program team enjoys team dinners and holds working meetings to prepare its
program. For this coming year, the Inn instituted a program in which junior lawyers will be
assigned a mentor to meet with regularly for a meal or other informal activity, and to be available for advice and guidance.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the FBC Inn or have questions about the
Inn, please contact our Membership Chair, Sheila Boston, by e-mail.

Franklin Velie

 

Federal Bar Council Inn Schedule of Events

  • September 11, 2012 
  • October 9, 2012 
  • November 13, 2012 
  • December 11, 2012 
  • January 8, 2013 
  • February 12, 2013 
  • March 12, 2013 
  • April 9, 2013 
  • May 14, 2013 
  • June 11, 2013 - Final Banquet

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