The Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court
Dedicated to Legal Excellence, Civility, Professionalism
The Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court was organized in 1989
and was chartered by theAmerican Inns of Court Foundation on
September 20, 1989. The original organizers included Thomas J.
Lyons, Esq., Justice John Simonett, and Professor John O.
The Inn is affiliated with William Mitchell College of Law in
St. Paul, Minnesota, alma mater of the Inn's namesake, and has
among its members eight third year students from William
Mitchell. The Inn is divided into eight pupilage groups, each
headed by a Judge. Attorney members come from throughout the
Twin Cities area and surrounding communities, and range in
professional experience from newly admitted to the Bar to senior
members of the legal community. Members come from a wide
range of practice areas, which adds to the vibrancy of the
This year we are pleased that one of our members, Justice Lorie
Gildea, was named Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Objectives of the Warren E. Burger Inn of Court
- To be a membership of judges, lawyers, legal educators, and
others as may be consistent with this Charter, to promote
excellence in legal advocacy at the trial and appellate court
- To foster greater understanding of, and an appreciation for,
the adversary system of dispute resolution in American law with
particular emphasis on ethics and professional standards of
- To provide significant educational experiences that will
improve and enhance the skills of lawyers as counselors and
advocates and of judges as adjudicators and judicial
- To promote interaction among members of all categories in order
to minimize misapprehensions, misconceptions and failures of
communication that obstruct the effective practice of law.
- To facilitate the development of law students, and recent law
school graduates and less experienced lawyers as skilled
participants in the American court system.
- To build upon the genius and strengths of the common law and
the English Inns of Court and to renew and inspire joy and zest in
legal advocacy as a service worthy of constant effort and
- To promote collegiality among professionals and to transmit
ethical values from one professional generation to another.