The Richard J. Hughes American Inn of Court is the 83rd  Inn to join the American Inns of Court Foundation and was granted charter on June 2, 1989. Serving primarily Union County, the Inn consists of members of the bench and bar involved in both civil and criminal litigation, across all levels of experience. Our membership includes judges, civil litigators practicing in both state and federal courts, members of the prosecutor's office, criminal defense attorneys, and law clerks. 



Each month, the Inn holds a meeting on a carefully selected topic. This allows members an opportunity to either learn about an interesting development in the law or be exposed to a new take on an aspect of our legal system that affects practitioners regularly, all while providing members an occasion to socialize, exchange ideas, and earn CLE credit.


The Inn is always seeking to expand our network of involved attorneys who are interested in honing their skills as trial counsel and expanding their knowledge of both civil and criminal litigation. 

If interested in applying, please submit the Application Form to our Membership Chair, the Honorable William A. Daniel.

Masters: Masters must have demonstrated superior character, ability and competence as trial or appellate advocates. They are more senior trial counsel and members of the judiciary who primarily seek to pass on their vast wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in litigation with the Barristers and Associates.

Barristers: Barristers must have been in active practice for at least two years prior to selection as a Barrister and must have demonstrated good character and a desire to improve and refine their skills as trial and appellate advocates.

Associates: Associates must be either students at an accredited law school or recent law school graduates admitted to the practice of law for not more than two years. After a two year term at this level, Associates graduate to Barrister.

Membership applications are accepted for all categories of members.  


Promote excellence in legal advocacy through fostering a greater understanding of the adversary system of dispute resolution in American law;

Inspire joy and zest in legal advocacy as a service worthy of constant effort and learning;

Provide a significant educational experience that will enhance the skills of lawyers as advocates and of judges as adjudicators;

Foster collegiately among professionals and transmit ethical values from one professional generation to another; and,

Build upon the genius and strengths of the common law and the English Inns of Court.