American Inns of Court Commitment to Diversity

Ideals of the Movement

  • Upholding the standards of the legal profession
  • Practicing law with dignity and respect
  • Encouraging respect for our system of justice
  • Achieving a higher level of legal excellence
  • Developing a deeper sense of professionalism

Ideals of Diversity

  • The American Inns of Court firmly believes that personal diversity in all its aspects is essential to our ability to accomplish our mission.
  • Diversity embodies all those differences that make us unique individuals.
  • We value the differences in views and perspectives and the varied experiences that are part of a diverse membership.
  • Diversity enriches and broadens our membership, which in turn leads to more creative and meaningful programs.

Professional Diversity

  • Legal professionals and law school faculty, administrators, and students
  • All practice types, from both the public and private sectors
  • From the least experienced to the most seasoned are vital to maximizing the Inn experience

Only by drawing and retaining a diverse membership will we guarantee the success of our unique organization as well as our respective professional pursuits. Therefore, the American Inns of Court are committed to creating and maintaining a culture that promotes and supports diversity not only throughout our organization, but in our profession as well.

Southwestern Law School Inn of Court: Diversity Policy

Adopted November 1, 2023

Although the Southwestern Law School Inn of Court has practiced the tenets of the American Inns of Court Diversity Policy since its inception, it now formally adopts that policy.

The Inn will promote the Diversity Policy in various ways, including the following:

  • Providing a link to the Diversity Policy on the chapter website.
  • Covering the Diversity Policy in New Member Orientation.
  • Conducting new member outreach to ensure a diverse pool of attorney and student members.
  • Encouraging current members to introduce the Inn to diverse attorneys who might be interested in future membership.
  • Ensuring that the Executive Committee includes diversity, in the broadest sense.
  • Selecting annual program themes and monthly program topics that allow members to explore issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Referring to the Diversity Policy in the chapter’s Program Development and Structure document.