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

The Central Vermont American Inn of Court

Introduction to the Central Vermont Inn of Court

The Central Vermont Inn was formed in 1999 by a group of Vermont lawyers and judges who were interested in furthering the American Inns of Court's mission to cultivate high ethical standards among members of the legal profession which includes the mentoring of young lawyers by more experienced lawyers. 

The Inn meets once a month from September through May (there are no meetings in December and January) at some of the nicer restaurants and inns in Central Vermont and the Burlington area.  Each meeting consists of a social hour, a dinner, and a CLE program which varies from a skit, speaker, game or other vehicle.  The CLE program always engenders a lively discussion of a current ethical or practice-related issue impacting attorneys practicing in Vermont.  Members earn CLE credit for their participation in meetings and for presentation of CLE programs.

Membership is limited to forty(40) members and each member must participate as part of a pupilage team.  Pupilage teams are created on an annual basis and each pupilage team is designed to include participants from different categories of membership. 

Membership categories are Masters (10+ years of practice), Barristers (4-9 years of practice), Associates (1-3 years of practice) and Pupils (law students, law clerks, and candidates reading for the bar).  The CVAIC membership has chosen not to charge annual dues for Pupils.

New members are accepted in August and September of each year.