Membership Levels

  • Masters of the Bench - judges, experienced lawyers, and law professors
  • Barristers - lawyers with some experience who do not meet the minimum requirements for Masters
  • Associates - lawyers who do not meet the minimum requirement for Barristers
  • Law Clerks/Court Employees - those who work for the judicial system (discounted fee available)
  • Pupils - law students (discounted fee available)


Membership to the Doris Jonas Freed Inn of Court is restricted to those who primarily practice family law. Membership is not geographically restricted, and any attorney, judge or master in Pennsylvania may be a member. Membership is open to all interested and qualified attorneys, Judges and Masters, regardless of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin or handicap, although the actual number of members for any given program year may be limited as determined by the Executive Committee.  Applications will be considered and membership granted on a "first come, first served" basis.  In the event applications exceed the maximum number of members in a program year, as established by the Executive Committee, remaining applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which the application was received.

Guest Policy:  Guests may be sponsored by a hosting Inn member.  The hosting Inn member must contact the Inn Secretary prior to the RSVP deadline to ensure that space is available.  Guests may attend on a "first come, first served" basis. The hosting Inn member is responsible for covering the guest's dinner costs, which are approximately $25.00 per plate.

Attendance Requirements

All active members are expected to attend and participate in each meeting in the Inn.  The Executive Committee recognizes that Judges, and attorneys must occasionally be absent.  The Committee, however, looks with disfavor on frequent absences.  Frequent absences will have a significant bearing on whether an existing member is re-invited for membership in a succeeding year.  If a member misses three or more meetings, the Executive Committee will consider whether that member's participation justifies continued involvement in the Inn.

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