The George C. Young American Inn of Court is proud to announce it has again earned the Achieving Excellence “Platinum” designation – the highest level of recognition for the American Inns of Court “Achieving Excellence” program – a tiered achievement-based program that recognizes an Inn's progress toward mastering effective practices in each of the five core competencies of Inn management: Administration, Communications, Program Development, Mentoring and Outreach Activities. The George C. Young American Inn of Court has achieved this status every year since the 2011-2012 Inn year.
About Judge George C. Young
Thomas Jefferson believed that "judges should always be men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness and attention; their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man or body of men."
In honor of such a judge, the First Central Florida American Inn of Court, chartered in September, 1990, renamed itself to be known as The George C. Young First Central Florida American Inn of Court. Most recently, the Inn is now named The George C. Young American Inn of Court.
Judge Young's long and steadfast commitment to the ideals of the American Inns of Court, professionalism, civility and excellence in the practice of law, began in 1941. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts and Law Degrees from the University of Florida, he entered private practice in Winter Haven, Florida. From 1942 to 1946 he served honorably as a United States Navy lieutenant during World War II. Judge Young then re-entered private practice in Miami until 1948 when United States Senator George Smathers tapped his talents as his administrative assistant until 1951.
Thereafter, Judge Young again worked in private practice in Jacksonville until 1961 at which time President John F. Kennedy nominated him for appointment to the Northern and Southern Districts of Florida. In 1966 Judge Young became the only judge to serve on all three of Florida's Federal District Courts after President Lyndon B. Johnson selected him to serve in the newly created Middle District of Florida. He served as chief judge from 1973 to 1981 when he took senior status. On October 23, 1992, in recognition of his stellar service as a jurist, President George H.W. Bush signed legislation naming the Courthouse the George C. Young United States Courthouse and Federal Building. Never one to rest, Judge Young continued to maintain a docket until December, 2004, although he still assisted fellow judges concerning administrative decisions affecting the court. Judge Young stayed vitally interested in our Inn's accomplishments and programs until his death in 2015.
Message from the President of the George C. Young American Inn of Court
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United states of America.”
- Preamble, The Constitution of the United States
One paragraph. Fifty-two words. One sentence. These are the words that constitute the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. There were 38 signers of the Constitution . . . but there was only one common goal – to form a more perfect Union, and despite squabbles and disputes about how to achieve that goal over the course of almost 250 years, the goal itself has never wavered.
Welcome to the George C. Young American Inn of Court. We are part of the American Inns of Court and share its mission to “advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism.” We are one Inn among more than 370 chartered Inns, organized in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Tokyo, serving some 30,000 members. Professionalism . . . that is the common goal of the American Inns of Court, and the common goal of the George C. Young American Inn of Court. Together with the American Inns of Court, we share a common vision of a “legal profession and judiciary dedicated to professionalism, ethics, civility and excellence.” We strive to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law through example, education and mentoring.
Much like the Inns of Court in London, dating back to 1388, our goal is to foster a sense of family by spending time together formally and informally. Traditionally, our formal meetings provide the education and training to promote professionalism and expand our knowledge. The informal Inn gatherings are intended to allow us to grow, mentor and inspire a better legal community by forming friendships and bonds with other Inn members. We are fortunate to model the English Inns who have High Court judges, as we have our Florida state and federal judiciary actively participate in our Inn. This aspect alone makes our organization unique in Central Florida.
Now, more than ever, in this era of virtual meetings and remote appearances, we need that vision and, perhaps more importantly, we need to foster that sense of family in our community. We will continue providing high quality educational programs, formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and opportunities for community involvement – albeit virtually for the time being. For the balance of 2020, we will conduct our board meetings and our membership meetings virtually, present our programs virtually, conduct our mentoring meetings virtually, and even create virtual social hours. We will have virtual panel discussions and speakers. We will virtually continue down that road that is vital to all of us – the continued advancement of professionalism in our legal system and judiciary through the promotion of ethics, civility and excellence.
We are proud of our Inn, its members, its accomplishments and its future. In the late 1970’s, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E. Burger expressed concern about declining professionalism, ethics and civility among American lawyers. Justice Burger observed a troubling trend of lessening advocacy skills, lessening adherence to the rules of ethics, and a growing attitude of disrespect for other participants as well as for the institutions lawyers serve. These concerns, shared by other leaders in our profession, inspired the creation of the American Inns of Court system. In the tradition of their English predecessors, the Inns are designed to provide opportunities for aspiring young lawyers to learn from more experienced, distinguished lawyers and judges in a social setting.
Our Inn was founded in 1990, and has flourished since. This is our 30th anniversary! We owe much to our founding members, especially to The Honorable George C. Young, our Inn’s namesake. Our members come from all areas of practice and include some of the best and most respected lawyers and judges in the state, if not the nation. We meet monthly throughout the academic year, but we strongly encourage our members to meet outside of the monthly meetings with their pupilage groups and to attend our social events. Each monthly meeting includes a social hour, followed by dinner and a program focusing on ethical considerations, civility and excellence in practice. CLE credits are available to those who attend.
We have been honored by the American Inns of Court for one of our many community-based projects. In a ceremony at the United States Supreme Court, our Inn received the Best Special Project Award for our work with Howard Middle School. This was one of only five awards given in 2014. In addition, our Inn holds the designation of Platinum Status by the American Inns of Court based, in part, on our outstanding programs, people and projects. Platinum status places our Inn as one of the fifty (50) elite Inns in the United States.
I am honored to serve as President of the Inn and I am committed to the ongoing mission of the American Inns of Court. We need our Inn now, more than ever! Thank you so much to our renewing members. Welcome to our new members. Let us all join together with a sense of common resolve to remain connected and continue to build our Inn community in this time of isolation brought about by a pandemic.
I look forward to an exciting year of grog and grub, camaraderie and great presentations!!
Judge Margaret H. Schreiber