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

The William K. Thomas American Inn of Court

About the William K. Thomas American Inn of Court 

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American Inns of Court (AIC) and the William K. Thomas Inn of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar. The Inn of Court is an amalgam of judges, lawyers, and in some cases, law professors and law students. The William K. Thomas Inn of Court meets monthly to "break bread" and to hold programs and discussions on matters of ethics,

skills and professionalism. Looking for a new way to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence, professionalism, and ethical awareness, the American Inns of Court adopted the traditional English model of legal apprenticeship and modified it to fit the particular needs of the American legal system. American Inns of Court help lawyers to become more effective advocates and counselors with a keener ethical awareness. Members learn side-by-side with the most experienced judges and attorneys in their community.

The Mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of the law in order to perfect the quality, availability and efficiency of justice in the United States.

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