Welcome to The North Texas Federal Criminal Law American Inn of Court


About us:

The North Texas Federal Criminal Law American Inn of Court is the only Inn that focuses on the practice of federal criminal law.  The Inn is comprised of approximately 80 judges, experienced lawyers, law professors, less experienced lawyers, and law students.  Our members regularly gather at dinners organized and designed to enhance the professional and ethical quality of legal practice in our community specifically in the practice of federal criminal law.  

What we do:

Each month our members gather for a dinner and CLE program that focuses on topics involving federal criminal law. Members also enjoy the opportunity to engage in quality networking and building professional relationships with judges, lawyers, law professors and law students who have a commitment and interest to the practice of federal criminal law. 

To accomplish the mission of mentoring and enhancing the professional and ethical quality of the local federal criminal bar, the Inn creates various pupilage groups who often meet on their own, outside of the regularly scheduled Inn meeting, to build professional relationships and prepare a CLE program.  During each monthly Inn meeting, one group is designated to present their CLE program to the entire Inn.  

Toast to the Constitution!


  • 5/19/2022 -

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

UNT Dallas College of Law
106 S. Harwood Street


Risk Assessment Algorithms in the Criminal Justice System

Law enforcement has always relied on data to make educated decisions about arrests, incarceration, and parole. Historically, however, these data have been compiled from and applied to the specific crimes or individuals involved. Today, the rise of Big Data has allowed companies to develop programs—known as risk-assessment algorithms—that analyzes the characteristics of individuals and concludes whether those individuals are likely to offend or re-offend before they ever do. These algorithms have become ubiquitous; they are used in state and federal criminal justice systems, in police departments and in courtrooms. This presentation identifies the many uses of risk-assessment algorithms, as well as the ethical and constitutional issues that they raise.