NOTE: Your membership category is determined by the year you
joined the Inn and does not change during your term of
The Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn
of Court brings together a cross-section of judges and lawyers
interested in the field of intellectual property (patents,
trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets) and in furthering the goals
of the American Inns of Court.
The Inn members are classified as follows:
- Masters of the Bench,(aka Masters or
Benchers) are Judges, experienced lawyers, and law
professors who graduated from law school at least 15 years
- Barristers, lawyers, and law
professors who graduated from law school 4 to 14 years ago.
- Associates, lawyers, and law
professors who graduated from law school less than 4 years ago;
- Pupils/Students, including law
students with an interest in intellectual property law may apply or
be nominated during their third year.
- Honorary Members, Judges or
lawyers may be designated honorary member of our Inn on the basis
of long, distinguished service to the bench or bar. Any
Inn member may submit a nomination for an honorary member, which is
then voted upon by the Inn's Executive Committee.
The members are grouped into six teams that represent a cross
section of Los Angeles' legal community. Each team includes
at least one judge, two senior attorneys, two mid-career attorneys,
two relatively new attorneys and one or two law students.
Each Team is responsible for presenting an educational program to
the other Inn members and invited guests. The program is
developed at meetings among team members and includes a "skit" that
presents a factual situation with legal advocate characters on each
side. A panel discussion follows that is facilitated by the
team's program moderator. The panel discussion generally
includes a review of current law pertaining to the factual
situation. All Inn members are encouraged to participate in
the panel discussion. Each Inn member is involved in
conducting one program a year for the Inn.
If you are interested in becoming a Member of The Judge Paul R.
Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, or wish to
nominate someone as a Member, please contact Vern Schooley at (310)
824-5555 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or any Officer or Executive
V. Monica Mandel, Executive Director
Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of
c/o FULWIDER PATTON LLP
6060 Center Drive, Tenth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Email - email@example.com
(please include subject heading "Paul R. Michel IP
Telephone: (310) 242-2715
Facsimile: (310) 824-9696