The program year begins in September. Thereafter, the Inn holds seven other meetings on the fourth Thursday of every month except November and December. The November meeting is held on the third Thursday of the month to avoid any conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday. There is not a meeting in December. Program presentations begin shortly after the call to order of the meeting at 6 p.m. and last between an hour and an hour and a half. Each month, the program is presented by a different pupilage group team. The programs deal with practical aspects of the practice of law. For example, What to Look for in Closing Argument, How to Make an Effective Opening Statement, Pitfalls in Initial Client Interviews, Evidence Update, etc. Generally, dinner follows the program giving members an opportunity to continue with discussions of issues and ethical considerations raised by the program presented. Meetings, including dinner, end at approximately 8 p.m.
The programs are the heart of the monthly meetings. They involve practical legal skills with an emphasis on ethics, civility, and professionalism in lawyering. They generally involve a demonstration or presentation of principles, skills, techniques, and relationships involved in trial and appellate court proceedings, and in activities preliminary to courtroom appearances. The programs also incorporate opportunities for critique and discussion.