New Member Orientation

2015 - 2016 

The Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court New Member Orientation is a process, rather than a discrete event.  For 2015-16, the Orientation process began when new members were invited to attend the year end Inn Social Event, at which event new Inn members became acquainted with current Inn members in a purely social environment.  New members were thereafter required to attend a formal New Member Orientation Meeting on August 25, 2015, which meeting was convened at the home of Master Ellen S. Goldman.  Inn Officers and Committee Chairs also attended.

 The agenda for the New Member Orientation Meeting was as follows:

             I.          Introduction/Welcome. The Inn President, Honorable Keven M.P. O'Grady, welcomed new members to The Johnson County Family Law American Inn of Court, introduced the Officers, Committee Chairs, and made introductory remarks.  Judge O'Grady discussed the general history, structure, mission and objectives of our Inn, and he addressed Inn policies and procedures.  He noted that all Inn members have responsibilities and are expected to actively participate, and he emphasized that membership in the Inn offers innumerable benefits, including first-rate formal (CLE) and informal (mentoring) training and invaluable networking opportunities.

            II.        Officers and Committee Chairs.  Each Officer and Committee Chair made a brief individual presentation regarding his/her specific duties, responsibilities and role within the Inn.  Committee Chairs described the purpose and responsibilities of their respective committees and invited new members to volunteer for specific Committees of interest. 

             III.        Question/Answer Session. Following the presentations by the Officers and Committee Chairs, the floor was open for questions, after which the New Member Orientation Meeting was adjourned.        

           Following the New Member Orientation Meeting, the orientation process continued with individual pupilage team meetings, which meetings were conducted in August and September.  Via the individual pupilage team meetings, new members were introduced to and familiarized with their roles and responsibilities on their specific pupilage teams.