There are five classifications of active members in The Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court, as ratified by the Executive Committee of this Inn. Membership as an active member of the Inn is available only to those who agree to participate in the Inn and pay the membership fees.
The active member classifications are as set forth below:
- Masters of the Bench - reserved for the most experienced Inn members, in good standing, who practice in Little Rock and contiguous counties. Other members include all Judges, Associate Judges (former and current) and full professors with tenure in Pulaski and contiguous counties;
- Emeritus Masters - Masters of the Bench who, as determined by the Executive Committee, have faithfully fulfilled his or her obligations and duties to the Inn.
- Barristers - members shall be licensed lawyers whose practice in Pulaski or contiguous counties. The members should have at least four years of experience in the practice of law.
- Associates - members are to be chosen by the Executive Committee upon recommendation of the Membership Committee. It is preferred that each Associate has practiced for at least one year.
- Student - members are current law students, recommended by the Dean of the University of Arkansas William H. Bowen School of Law. Student members are not required to pay annual dues.
Invitations to Membership
Membership in The Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court shall be conferred upon those accepting invitations extended by the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee's discretion in extending invitations to membership is absolute and non-reviewable. Invitations may be extended on the basis of recommendations made to the Executive Committee by any member of the American Inn of Court or in response to written application, supported by references, and filed with the membership chair.
Membership shall not be denied on account of race, creed, religion, sex, age, disability or national origin. In accordance with the mission of the American Inns of Court Foundation, The Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court is committed to creating and maintaining a culture that promotes and supports diversity in our organization and in our profession.
The Inn shall adopt and employ the Diversity Policy of the American Inns of Court Foundation. The policy shall be distributed annually at the Member Orientation.
The purpose of the Membership Handbook is to acquaint new and renewing members with the history, purpose, organization, and activities of The Judge Henry Woods American Inn of Court and the American Inns of Court.
The Membership Handbook is available here.