A Litigation Inn in Washington D.C.

The George Washington American Inn of Court is based in our Nation's capital and emphasizes the development of litigation-related skills. Steps from the White House, we edify each other in the courtrooms of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which is located in the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building.

Our Inn was chartered in 1988 and has built a collegial network of tri-state attorneys and law students. Our members have experience at multiple government agencies, in private practice, and at area State and Federal Courts. The G.W. American Inn incorporated the membership of the Federal American Inn of Court in 2009. Since then, the Inns' members have collaborated on a range of multidisciplinary presentations in harmony with the American Inns of Court goal of promoting ethics and civility in the practice of law.

Our Inn provides numerous opportunities to develop leadership and public speaking skills through participation in program development and via yearly opportunities to serve on our Board. Because of our members' diverse backgrounds, our Inn offers opportunities to expand your knowledge of many areas of the law.

Our Inn meets on the third Thursday of the month from September through May. In addition to time to socialize and dine together, we offer programs that vary by current events and yearly themes. Past programs have included lectures by guest speakers or other Inn members, mock-oral arguments, game show style presentations, and at least one yearly opportunity to earn ethics CLE. 

The 2012-2013 theme was "The Limits of the Law." Guest speakers included a lawyer from the US Attorney's Office for D.C. and other local practitioners. Program topics included Supreme Court cases Myriad and Henderson, victims' assistance, classified testimony, gun regulation, and wrongful incarceration. Our keynote speaker for our annual banquet was Richard Guest, Staff Attorney at the Native American Rights Fund. Mr. Guest spoke to the Inn about the development of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and its application to the "Baby Veronica" case (Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl).

Proposed topics for this years' programming includes current events in civil disobedience, right to protest, the Cleveland, OH Castro case, gang-related incarceration issues, maritime torts, criminal issues for professional athletes, and distinctions between "whistle-blowing" and treason.

You are welcome to join us at one of our meetings at the CAFC Howard T. Markey National Courts Building and Tayloe House, 717 Madison Place, NW Washington, DC 20439. First time guests are welcome with no charge; however, please contact one of our officers so that we can provide advance notice of your attendance to court security.

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