THE JOHNSON COUNTY FAMILY LAW
AMERICAN INN OF COURT
What is an American Inn of Court?
The American Inns of Court is an association
of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels
and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence.
Through regular meetings, members are able to build and strengthen
professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about
professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share
experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication
for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the
highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility. Our Inns have
gained a national and international reputation as an organization
that bridges the gap between formal law school education and legal
practice by offering career-long continuing education in the Common
This uniquely non-partisan association
encourages meaningful mentoring relationships. We are one of the
very few legal organizations that involve the whole spectrum of the
profession: from law students to supreme court justices; every
level of federal and state judges, small firms to large firms;
legal educators to law students. All have the opportunity to learn
and grow without limit.
Membership is divided into "pupilage teams,"
with each team consisting of a few members from each membership
category depending on the members' level of experience. Each
pupilage team conducts one program for the Inn each year. Pupilage
team members gather informally outside of monthly meetings in
groups of two or more. This allows the less-experienced attorneys
to become more effective advocates and counselors by learning from
the more-experienced attorneys and judges.
In this collegial environment, outside the
courtroom and pressure of daily practice, members discuss legal
practice, principles, and methods. Academicians, specialized
practitioners, and complementing generalists provide a mix of
skill, theory, experience, and passion. This fluid, side-by-side
approach allows seasoned judges and attorneys to help shape
students and newer lawyers with practical guidance in serving the
law and seeking justice.
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