The William A. Ingram Inn is the twelfth American Inn of Court founded in the United States. It was founded through the efforts of United States District Court Judge William A. Ingram and other Santa Clara County jurists, attorneys and law school faculty members in the mid-1980s.
The Inn received its charter in 1985 as the “Santa Clara American Inn of Court.” In 2002. In honor of Judge William A. Ingram, the Inn changed its name to the “Honorable William A. Ingram American Inn of Court.” Judge Ingram served as a founding member and as a paradigm for those values the Inn seeks to improve in practicing lawyers and inculcate in new lawyers – civility, collegiality, professionalism, ethics and advocacy skills.
The Inn is one of the most active Inns among the American Inns of Court in terms of its membership size, the breadth and diversity of its programs, its mentorship activities, and its relationship with three law schools, Lincoln Law School of San Jose, Santa Clara University School of Law and Stanford Law School.