The Inn's charter and bylaws require a mix of members in the
categories listed below.
- Pupils (law students in their third year of
law school), who are members of the Inn for one year.
- Associates (attorneys with zero to five
years of experience), who are members of the Inn for a two-year
- Barristers (attorneys with at least five
years of experience), who are members of the Inn for a three-year
- Masters (attorneys, law professors, and
judges with at least 10 years of experience who have demonstrated
leadership and excellence in their field), who are admitted without
a term limitation, but can be granted emeritus status after five
The intentional ratio of member experience levels is designed to
foster mentoring, create more diverse programs, and is a key
difference between the Inn of Court experience and a bar
Within each membership category, the Inn strives to include as
many segments of the legal community as possible. With Masters, we
strive to include federal and state judges, law school deans and
professors, and attorneys from a cross section of legal
In Associate and Barrister categories, the Inn strives to
include a cross section of solo or small firm attorneys, large firm
attorneys, plaintiff's bar, defense counsel, public defenders,
prosecutors, and other governmental attorneys.
Prospective members may come to any Inn meeting as a guest.
Please contact an Inn officer or other member if you are interested
in being a guest at one of our meetings.
Applications for membership are typically submitted between
January 1 and May 31 for the Inn year commencing in August of the
same calendar year.
Information about Inn openings are circulated through local bar
assocations and other channels.
Current Inn application forms are available for download on the
Important Inn Documents link below. Completed Inn application
forms should be returned to Elwood.L.Thomas.Inn@gmail.com.