Membership in the Arterton Inn

Membership in the Arterton Inn is divided into three classifications. Masters of the Bench include lawyers with fifteen or more years of experience and judges of various courts.  Barristers include lawyers with more than nine but less than fourteen years of experience.  Associates include lawyers with less than nine years of experience. Students attending law school, or Pupils, are also admitted to the Inn on a limited basis.
Each member is selected for a one-year term. Members are selected each year through the application process by the officers on the Executive Committee.  Renewal of membership is contingent upon each member's level of participation in the Inn the previous year and that member's commitment to the Inn.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Arterton Inn of Court, please complete and return a membership application  or email us.

Why Join the Arterton Inn?

The Inn's programs and services provide a number of professional and networking opportunities for members of all levels.  You will learn and practice courtroom skills in a low-pressure forum, see the best of the local bar in action, and hear senior lawyers' and judges' invaluable feedback.  Through the Inn, you will develop meaningful relationships with colleagues and potential clients as well as  have the opportunity to participate in both formal and informal mentoring.  Please review the Arterton Inn of Court FAQs.

Selection of Members

Beginning in January of each year, the officers on the Executive Committee encourages current members of the Arterton Inn to renew their membership for another year. The Executive Committee then begins soliciting nominations for new members and begins accepting applications for membership from prospective new members on or about March 1 of each year. New members are identified through current members of the Inn, local judges, and other respected members of the legal community.

In the summer, when the pool of returning members and new applicants has been identified, the Executive Committee selects the membership for the following year. Consideration is given to the following factors in the selection process: level of participation and commitment to the Inn (for current members only), classification of membership (for balance between the three primary levels of membership), interest and involvement in developing personal professional skills and improving the judicial system, level of interest in the Inn (for new members), and ability to fulfill a commitment to the Inn.

Students are chosen based on the applicants' qualifications giving consideration to the student's ability to participate fully in the Inn, academic performance, participation in extracurricular and community activities, and professionalism.

Arterton Inn Pupillage Groups

The Arterton Inn is organized annually into Pupillage Groups, a structure basic to the English Inns of Court. Each Pupillage Group is composed of a mixture of Masters, Barristers, Associates, and Pupils.  Each Pupillage Group is responsible for conducting one program annually. 

Arterton Inn Attendance Policy

All active members are expected to attend and to participate in the Inn's meetings and functions throughout the year. The Inn recognizes that judges and lawyers must occasionally be absent, but requests advance notice.  Members who are unable to attend a particular meeting must, therefore, inform their Pupillage Group leader prior to the meeting of the reason for their absence.  Absences without advanced notice are unexcused.  Three or more unexcused absences will have a significant bearing on whether a member is re-invited for membership in a succeeding year.

Arterton Inn Guest Policy

The Inn's programs are primarily for the benefit of its members. However, members may invite guests from time to time. Members who wish to invite guests must inform the President or Program Chair in advance of the meeting of their guests' names. 

Continuing Legal Education Credit

Members may earn CLE credit, including ethics credit, by attending and participating in the Inn's programs. The number of credit hours available for participating in or attending a program is one hour.

Members and guests desiring to obtain CLE credit must document their attendance at each