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

Program Dates and Topics

The Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court


  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 

Standard Setting Organizations, SEPs, FRANDs, and Rates

Discussion of caselaw that has developed on FRAND and policy discussion of whether SEPs give outsize leverage to NPEs 

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018

In-house Counsel Practice

Discussion of what in-house counsel look for in outside counsel and special issues that in-house counsel face

  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Pro Bono Representation on Veterans and MSPB Appeals (with FCBA)

How can attorneys identify pro bono veterans appeals that have merit and can survive jurisdictional challenges and how pro bono appeals provide vehicles for the Court to clarify its precedent


  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Joint Holiday Party with the Pauline Newman Inn of Court

  • Thursday, January 11, 2019

SAS, Chevron deference, and Auer deference (with Coke Inn)

Discussion of when Courts should defer to agency (SAS Court did not reach step 2 of the Chevron analysis

Joint Program with the Edward Coke Inn of Court 

  • Tuesday February 19, 2019  (NB: Held at The George Washington University Law School in Jacob Burns Moot Court Room, Lerner Hall, 1st Floor, located at 2000 H Street)

Competency of Practice, Wellness and/or Career Longevity

What to do if someone on your team has addiction or other personal or competency issues.  Self-care.  Discussion of OED disciplinary issues in cases of neglect or malpractice

  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Advanced PTAB Practice: Emergent Issues

Discussion of hot topics, i.e., briefing after SAS; joinder strategy; Section 325(d); considerations on appeal

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things in IP:  What Does the Future Hold?

Discussion of technology and special IP issues

  • Saturday, April 27, 2019

Annual Gala Dinner - U.S. Supreme Court

  • Thursday, May 2, 2019

Mock Argument Program