The program year usually begins in August with a meeting of the
Pupillage Group leaders. Thereafter, the Inn as a whole gathers
eight times a year, including six substantive and interactive
programs and two social gatherings.
The programs are the heart of the monthly meetings. They involve
practical legal skills with an emphasis on ethics, civility, and
professionalism in lawyering. They are generally comprised of a
demonstration or presentation of principles, skills, techniques,
and relationships involved in trial or appellate court proceedings
or in activities preliminary to courtroom appearances, although
there is no set format. The programs also incorporate opportunities
for critique and discussion. With approval from the Program
Chair, each Pupillage Group is responsible for conducting one
Another crucial aspect of the Inn's focus is the individual
Pupillage Group meetings, organized by the Pupillage Group leader.
These meetings should take place at the Group's convenience in
preparation for that Pupillage Group's demonstration.
Each pupillage group is responsible for presenting a
program that explores important and timely legal issues,
emphasizing civility, collegiality, professionalism, ethics and
advocacy skills (or the lack thereof). In addition, the program
must qualify for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits by
presenting an issue that educates the audience. CLE forms and
sign-up sheets are provided at the meetings.
Please review our Program Structure
and Development Guide for more information about Pupillage
Group leader responsibilities and some suggestions on how to
present an effective program.