Mission Statement 

The J. Edgar Murdock Inns of Court is a professional association of attorneys devoted to supporting excellence, civility, professionalism and ethics in the practice of tax law.

The members of the Murdock Inn meet for dinner and a presentation once per month from September through April. The monthly dinner presentation may be on a subject related to the tax legal practice, with special focus on improving legal skills; promoting civility, professionalism and ethical behavior in the practice of law; sharing insights into the judicial tax process; and exploring the role of attorneys in society.

The Murdock Inn is subdivided into small Groups. Each Group comprises members from varying levels of practice, headed by a Group leader, pursuant to the Murdock Inn's guidelines. Responsibility for the monthly presentation rotates through each Group as provided in the Guidelines and determined by the Murdock Inn's Executive Committee. After each presentation, all Inn members are welcomed to offer criticisms and discuss the presentation.

The Murdock Inn supports the larger American Inns of Court movement and operates within the framework of that national organization.

J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court Officers

• President
Chief Judge Kathleen Kerrigan
United States Tax Court
Washington, DC

• Secretary / Treasurer
Douglas W. Charnas, Partner
McGlinchey Stafford
Washington, DC

• Counselor
Judge John Colvin
United States Tax Court 
Washington, DC

Membership Composition
• Masters
• Barristers
• Associates
Attendance Expectations
All members are expected to attend at least four to seven monthly meetings. The rules of the Inn require that you notify Douglas Charnas, or his assistant, by 5:00 p.m. of the Thursday before the scheduled meeting (202.802.9953).  Further, full attendance means staying until the meeting is concluded.

Types of Events

The Inn meets on the second Tuesday of the month, from September through

• 6:00 p.m. - Cocktails/social time
• 6:30 p.m. - Dinner
• 7:30 p.m. - Program
• 8:30 p.m. - Adjourn

Contact the J. Edgar Murdock Inn

Douglas W.  Charnas, Esquire
Direct Line: (202) 802-9953
Fax (202) 403-3080
E-mail Mr. Charnas