The Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court
William B. Enright Inn History
The William B. Enright Chapter of the American Inns of Court was
created in 1991, and named in honor of United States District Court
Judge William B. Enright, who has been very involved in the
development of the American Inns of Court in the United States, as
well as having been a highly respected leader of the judiciary in
The judges and lawyers who were instrumental in establishing the
Enright Inn of Court are Justice Howard Wiener, Ret., Hon. Kevin
Midlam, Ret., Justice Judith Haller, Attorney Virginia Nelson, Hon.
James R. Milliken, Attorney Suzanne Stanford, and Attorney William
Our past Presidents include the Hon. Howard Wiener, Ret., the
Hon. James Milliken, the Hon. Kevin Midlam, Ret., Virginia Nelson,
Kenneth Turek, Robert Grimes, the Hon. William
McCurine, Robert S. Brewer, the Hon. David Danielsen, the Hon.
Kevin Enright, the Hon. Maureen Hallahan, Susan M. Hack, Nancy
Stagg, and the Hon. Barbara L. Major. Our current president is
Craig R. McClellan.
About Judge Enright
The Honorable William B. Enright was
appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern
District of California in 1972, and went on senior status July 12,
1990, and retired in 2001. Before his appointment to the Bench,
Judge Enright was an outstanding trial lawyer, first as a Deputy
District Attorney, and then as a criminal defense lawyer.
Judge Enright's dedication to the
goals and principles of the American Inns of Court movement is
widely recognized and he was a major force in the movement's
acceptance in California. He was a founding member of the Louis
Welsh American Inn of Court (No. 9), and has assisted in the
formation of many other Inns at both the state and national
Judge Enright served as Trustee for
the American Inns of Court Foundation from 1985 to 1992. He is
currently one of ten Emeritus Trustees.
In 1987, the American Inns of Court
Foundation awarded Judge Enright the Chairman's Award (now the A.
Sherman Christensen Award), which is bestowed upon a "member of an
American Inn of Court who, at the local, state or national level
has provided distinguished, exceptional and significant leadership
to the American Inns of Court movement." He is the only Californian
to receive this award and a measure of being a recipient -- in both
prestige and Inn service -- can be seen in his successor to the
award: U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.
There are many examples of ways
Judge Enright has worked in the general and legal community to make
California a better place, including community involvement (Rotary
Club, United Crusade, Big Brothers, Little League, Urban Coalition)
and legal leadership (President, San Diego Bar Association, 1965;
President, Defenders, Inc., 1972; Vice-President, State Bar of
California, 1970). He has also been a chair or member of numerous
state, 9th Circuit and national boards working to improve our
Hon. William B. Enright Inn of Court
The purposes of the Inn are to create an atmosphere of
camaraderie among the lawyers and judges of our county, and to
provide attorneys with the opportunity to learn from other
attorneys and judges. This is accomplished through monthly
meetings. A strong emphasis is placed on professionalism, ethics
and civility. The goal of the Inn is to create a lasting, permanent
mechanism to enable senior members of the Bar and Bench to pass on
to other members of the Bar the higher standards and technical
skills necessary to enhance the practice of law by those in the
trial community. Regular meetings of the Inn are supplemented by
regular meetings of smaller subgroups called teams.
The Inn is composed of Associates, Barristers and Masters.
Associates are invited to join the Inn for two years, Barristers
for three years, and Masters for life. Barristers are experienced
lawyers, who may have as much as 25 or 30 years of experience, or
sometimes as little as five years experience. Associates generally
are younger lawyers, some of whom have considerable experience, and
some of whom are relatively new to the practice of law.
The Inn meets on the third Thursday of the month from September
through April at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, 655
West Broadway, Suite 1900, San Diego. The legal education
program begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. and ends promptly at 7:00
p.m. Dinner is served during the meeting, buffet
style. There is no meeting in December, the January
meeting is a combined Inns dinner which includes alumnae and the
May meeting is a special event at Petco Park.
Yearly dues for attorneys in private practice is $400.
Dues for attorneys in the public sector is $300. Those
dues cover all meetings and dinners, including the annual Joint
Inns of Court Dinner and the Petco Event.
Education and Meeting Summary
The William B. Enright American Inn of Court has a powerful
educational agenda each year
Our upcoming meeting dates and topics are:
September 20, 2018: People v.
Sanchez, featuring California Supreme Court Justice Carol
Team Leaders: Hon. Judith Haller and Judy Bae
October 18, 2018: How to Handle Difficult
Team Leaders: Frank Tobin and Mark Conover
November 15, 2018: The "Me Too"
Movement's Effect on the Practice of Law and the
Team Leaders: Jerrilyn Malana and Dana Grimes
December 2018: Happy
Holidays - no meeting
January 2019: February 21,
2019: Joint Dinner Program with the other Inns of
Court in San Diego (Date TBD)
February 21, 2019: The Use of
Storytelling in Advocacy
Team Leaders: Steven Vosseller and Rebecca Kanter
March 21, 2019: Analyzing and Proving
Damages Team Leaders: Nancy Stagg and John Freni
April 18, 2019: How to Convince Your
Team Leaders: Stephen Hogan and Robert Knaier
May 2019: Petco Park Presentation/Padres
Game (Date TBD)
Team Leaders: James Frantz and Antonio Maldonado
Join the Enright Inn
Applications are accepted April 1 through May 30 for the
following fall term. Click here to download our membership
Please email applications to Susan Hack at email@example.com
Timely submission is recommended because limited membership
spaces fill quickly.
If you have any questions regarding the application, please
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