Why Join the Benjamin Franklin Inn?
You will find that the Inn's programs and
services intentionally differ from those provided by other
intellectual property groups and law schools. The Inn strives
to meet needs of the profession in a number of ways.
Difference from Law Schools
Law schools are good at teaching how to parse issues, but they
often do not effectively convey how to aggregate problems and view
them in a larger context. The Inn teaches larger concepts of
problem solving, practical skills and professionalism.
Lawyers can become unhappy with the profession and/or their
jobs, and many lawyers and non-lawyers alike question whether
professionalism and ethical standards are high enough. The
Inn provides a congenial setting to consider such problems, to meet
and get to know others in the profession, and to get a better sense
about the structure of law, law firms or law departments that
causes these problems.
Civility v. Ramboism
Civility between opposing lawyers is important to the
profession, but isn't always evident. The Inn provides an
opportunity to deal with issues encountered in practice that
motivate bad conduct, and to build relationships outside the work
environment that hopefully carry over.
Building skill levels can be challenging, particularly when some
firms and corporations are unwilling or unable to undertake
training burdens or incur the associated cost. The Inn can assist
smaller firms, small departments, or specialized practices to teach
younger associates. Relationships established through the Inn
afford opportunities beyond those of the monthly meetings.