The Inn's active members are divided into eight-person teams known as "pupillage groups." The Inn Administrator assigns members to pupilage groups and makes sure that each team includes Masters, Barristers, and Associate members who would not otherwise encounter each other frequently in their daily work. Team assignments may be changed for good cause. Members desiring to change teams must do so as early as possible. It is helpful if the member finds a member of another team that has not yet presented a program who is willing to take their place.
The teams are encouraged to meet monthly, or more often if necessary, to prepare their program and to promote camaraderie among the team members. The teams choose their own meeting places and times, but are expected to notify the President, Inn Administrator and the Program Chair when their meetings are scheduled.
Each team is led by a judge. The judge is responsible for convening the team, for assuring that the pupilage group members attend the Inn's meetings and activities, and for promoting contacts among team members between Inn meetings. The Master lawyers of the group are to supervise the preparation of the team's program and are responsible for all other team activities. All members of the group are to be included in the planning, preparation and presentation of the program.
Each team must prepare and present one of the Inn's programs. The team's responsibilities in this regard include:
- selecting the format most likely to present the assigned or selected topic in an interesting manner;
- preparing written materials to assist the membership with the subject matter and to meet the CLE requirements of the Florida Bar;
- preparing an American Inn of Court Demonstration Report to be included in the American Inns of Court Foundation national programming library, if the program is not otherwise included in the Programming Manual; and
- preparing the Florida Bar CLE application form outlining the program to be presented.
In addition to presenting a program, the teams provide Inn members an opportunity to become better acquainted with other lawyers practicing in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. The teams are the principal component of the Inn's mentoring activities. Their diverse membership is intended to build an inter-generational relationship that encourages frank and personal discussion of matters of practice, ethics, civility, and all other aspects of the practice of law. The most experienced members of the team are encouraged to pass on the best of the practice to the less experienced members. Accordingly Masters are encouraged to provide their Associate colleagues with opportunities to observe them in court, in deposition, or in the office.