Call for Nominations-American Inns of Court Profiles in Professionalism Book

About the Project

The American Inns of Court is soliciting nominations of lawyers and judges with distinguished records of professionalism over their careers. Those selected will be profiled in a book about professionalism and its increased relevance for the legal profession.

Standard for Selection

Lawyers and judges selected will have demonstrated exemplary professionalism in their careers through one or more of the following: high competence in legal knowledge and skills, ethical practice, pro bono representation, service to the profession and public service, improving and defending the justice system, and balancing self-interest with the interests of clients and the justice system.

Lawyers and judges nominated may come from all areas of practice, civil, criminal, and military. Nominations are encouraged from diverse practice settings, solo and small firm practitioners to global firms, in house counsel, government and military lawyers, public defenders, legal services, and academic lawyers. Those selected will also be representative of the diversity of the legal profession.

The Nomination Process

All Inns and Inn members are encouraged to submit nominations. While deceased lawyers and judges may be nominated, many selected will be living and will be interviewed as part of the project. Nominations should include relevant biographical information, resumes if available, and specific examples of the nominees' professionalism throughout his or her career. Nominees need not be members of the American Inns of Court. Those selected must be willing to be interviewed about their careers. Nominations, supporting material, and letters of recommendation, if any, should be sent to:

American Inns of Court
Attn: Rita Zimmerman
1229 King Street, Second Floor
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
E-mail to:

Please contact Rita Zimmerman at or 703-684-3590 ext. 103 with any questions regarding the nomination process.

The deadline for nominations is June 1, 2011 and selections will be made by a committee of the American Inns of Court.

Questions About the Project

This project is being conducted for the American Inns of Court by the Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Center on Professionalism at the University of South Carolina School of Law. Questions about the book project may be directed to the Center's director, John E. Montgomery, at (803) 777-3360 or