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The Nicholas Cipriani American Inn of Court

WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE NICHOLAS A. CIPRIANI AMERICAN INN OF COURT.  WE ARE AN INN LOCATED IN PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA WITH MEMBERS SPECIALIZING IN FAMILY LAW.

Biographical Sketch of Judge Nicholas A. Cipriani (1919-2008)

"The true measure of a person is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good."  -Samuel Johnson 

      Judge Cipriani spent his entire judicial career in Philadelphia Family Court, sitting in both the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Division.  He served as the Administrative Judge for ten years during which time numerous innovative changes were made to court operations.  The Judge was actively involved in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  During his tenure on the bench he watched the world change and with it the expansion of family court.  His pleasure was meeting young attorneys and new colleagues.  He offered direction, advice, guidance and at times a wonderfully scrumptious Italian meal.  As the world changed, cases and problems we saw in family court became more complex.  Yet the Judge never tired in his desire to be of service.  While others at times grew tired with change, he relished innovation, seeking solutions to new problems. 

     Judge Cipriani believed in camaraderie both with his colleagues on the bench and with attorneys. He believed we can all learn from each other; all one needed was an open mind and an open heart.  He treated everyone with the utmost respect and never hesitated helping a young attorney, a new judge or the numerous children who appeared before him.

     Judge Cipriani is remembered for a life dedicated to public service. He served on the Boards of the Methodist Hospital, Boy Scouts of America, Temple University Law School, Temple University Law Alumni, Crime Prevention Association of Philadelphia, Big Brothers and the Jenkins Law Library.  He was a veteran of the Second World War, leaving the United States Army with the rank of Captain.      

     On April 17, 2008 the Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to designate 1801 Vine Street as "The Judge Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Court Building".  On April 28, 2008, upon approval of the Mayor, in a tribute befitting a man who served the children of Philadelphia, the building was officially named after Judge Cipriani.

     Our Inn of Court focusing on family law has been aptly named after the Judge.  We hope his memory and spirit will encourage us to learn, share and grow.

Membership in the Nicholas A. Cipriani Inn of Court

If you are a new applicant seeking to be admitted to the Nicholas A. Cipriani American Inn of Court, please select from the links below to view applications. Please note the requirements for each level of membership (Judge, Master, Barrister or Associate). For further information contact:

Kathleen M. Tana, Esquire
(215) 656-3653
E-mail Kathleen

Cipriani Inn Membership Application Forms