The Judge Clarence Cooper American Inn of Court, affiliated with Emory University School of Law


The Judge Clarence Cooper American Inn of Court is based on the British Inns of Court. It is designed to bring together Pupils (Emory Law Students) with Barristers (members with 3-9 years of practice experience), Masters (members with 10+ years of practice experience), and Judges.

While some Inns of Court focus on different areas of practice, the Cooper Inn focuses on litigation. Its members include lawyers in all sizes and substantive areas of private practice (solo, mid-size, and large firms), as well as public defenders, prosecutors, public interest attorneys, and judges. The Inn serves as a forum for collegiality and mentoring as well as honing the litigation knowledge and skills of its members.


Our Next Programs

  • 1/26/2021 – Fireside chat with U.S. District Court Judge Clarence C. Cooper (Conveners: Judge Steve Grimberg and Gwen Keyes Fleming).

  • 2/23/2021 – Joint Program with the Bootle Inn of Court (Mercer Law School) (Convener: Steve LaBriola). This program will focus on the history of law firms in Atlanta, Macon and Georgia in general, including the good, bad, and ugly. It will include issues of discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, geography, etc., as well as how the economics of the practice have changed over the decades. It promises to be a fascinating program.

  • 3/16/2021 – COVID-19 Vaccines: Can they be mandated? (Convener: Joe Finley). Since the beginning of the pandemic, people have looked toward the creation and distribution of vaccines as a way back to “normal.”  However, now that they are here, many people say they won’t get one. Can the government require the vaccine?  Can employers? What happens if you decline? What does legal precedent tell us about mandatory vaccinations?

  • 4/6/2021 – Legal Jeopardy (Convener: Greg Hanthorn). After a one-year hiatus caused by the pandemic, back by popular demand is a virtual version of our traditional year-end trivia contest. Our host brings the answers while you bring the questions.


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