American Inns of Court presents a
National Conversation on Civility 

Traditions of Civility

Reserve your seat now; space is limited!


The American Inns of Court believes that civility is a cornerstone of the legal profession, and we invite you to be part of the conversation about its importance. Hear unique perspectives from esteemed British barristers and judges about the tradition of civility and the positive impact it can have on both your own career and the greater legal system. 

The tradition of civility in the practice of law has been around since Magna Carta. The American Inns of Court were founded on the tradition of the English Inn of Court system. During this panel discussion, we will explore the interconnectedness of law and civility, the role civility has played throughout history, how the English Inns incorporate civility into their own style of law practice, the influence those traditions have had on the American style, and the continued importance and relevance of civility in the modern legal community, both here and abroad.

Who Should Attend

This program is open to all American Inns of Court members and their guests.

When and Where

Saturday, October 20, 2018

  • 9:30 a.m.  Boys of Temple Church Choir
  • 10:30 a.m.  Traditions of Civility Panel
  • 12:00 p.m.  Reception (separate ticket required)

Library of Congress
There is no better place to have this kind of discussion than at the Library of Congress. This storied American institution is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage people in their intellectual and creative endeavors. 

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. 

Program and Panelists

Part I

  • 9:30 a.m.—Welcome with Jane Sanchez, Law Librarian of Congress
  • 9:40–10:20 a.m.—Boys of Temple Church Choir, Roger Sayer, director, Greg Morris, accompanist,

Part II

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.—Traditions of Civility Panel, including Q&A


  • The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Clarke, former Treasurer, Middle Temple
  • The Rt Hon Dame Elizabeth Gloster DBE, Treasurer, Inner Temple
  • The Rt Hon Lord Justice Nicholas Patten, Treasurer, Lincoln's Inn
  • The Rt Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Gray's Inn
  • Moderator:  Kannon Shanmugam, Esquire, partner, Williams & Connolly, LLP

Part III

  • 12:00–1:00 p.m.—Ticketed Reception


A registration fee of $50 per person for members and guests includes the choir and panel only. Attend the VIP reception for an additional $25 person (limited availability). Click here to register.

Payment must be received by Friday, October 12, 2018 in order to finalize your participation and confirm your seat. A confirmation e-mail will be sent upon receipt of payment. 

Can't make it?  The live event will be recorded and available as a webinar at a future date (to be determined).  If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in that, please send an e-mail to Libby Bingham, Director of Education. We will contact you when the webinar has been scheduled. The fee will be $20 per person.


Participants will be asked to sign a CLE form upon arrival; after the program, all attendees of the panel discussion will receive a certificate of attendance. This, along with a copy of the onsite program, should be enough for attorneys to submit for 1–1.5 CLE hours in most jurisdictions; the American Inns of Court will provide a certificate of attendance and assist in whatever way is possible. 

Refund Policy

Full refunds will be issued for written cancellations received on or before October 12, 2018.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 12, 2018.


Attire is business casual.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

Participants are responsible for their own travel and hotel accommodations.  If you are also attending the Celebration of Excellence, you will receive information about discounted hotel rooms with your confirmation.


Please contact Libby Bingham with any questions.