The Inn is named to honor the late Judge and Brigadier General Thomas E. Penick, Jr., whose contributions and advocacy as the "Father of Florida Probate" are legendary.

(October 18, 1938 - March 21, 2019)




The Judge Thomas E. Penick Jr. American Inn of Court is the nation's first elder law Inn of Court and the only Inn encompassing three judicial circuits (Florida's 6th, 12th, and 13th Judicial Circuits). The Penick Inn has since expanded to include Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law (RPPTL) members. By engaging and interacting collaboratively and collectively, members of the Penick Inn meet new colleagues, establish professional relationships, expand networking contacts, and learn about and from each other.


The Penick Inn is part of the American Inns of Court which is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels of experience, practice, and backgrounds who share a common and unified passion for professional development, camaraderie, and excellence.


The Penick Inn focuses on issues that pertain to and affect senior and elderly populations, driven by fundamental and pressing concerns surrounding and related to professionalism and legal issues of the day. The Penick Inn prioritizes  establishing, promoting, and advancing the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility. The Penick Inn held its inaugural meeting of the Masters on May 7, 2014.



2021 - 2022 PENICK INN YEAR

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm (Virtual via Zoom)

The Judge Thomas E. Penick Jr. American Inn of Court 2021-2022 Inn Year Kick-off Meeting

Presentation: "Elder Abuse: A Quick Look"

Presenter: Randy Thomas, Law Enforcement Consultant and Contractor on Elder Abuse/Exploitation.


Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 5:30 pm (Virtual via Zoom) 

Presentation: "Walking Through Special Needs Trust Planning: To SNT or not to SNT? A Case Study"

Presenter: Attorney Mary Alice Jackson, Esq.


Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at 5:30 pm (Virtual via Zoom)

Presentation: "What to Know About Florida’s Lawyer Discipline System and How to Avoid It"

Presenter: Attorney F. Scott Westheimer, Esq.


June 2022 - Date to be Determined (In-Person)

The Judge Thomas E. Penick Jr. American Inn of Court 2021-2022 Inn Year Close-Out Meeting


While we are optimistic for in-person meetings to resume later in the Inn Year, meetings through the end of 2021 will be virtual via Zoom. This supports meeting safely, while also increasing ease and availability for more participants to make and attend meetings.

Meetings will start promptly at 5:30 p.m. and are expected to end promptly by 7:00 p.m. The Zoom virtual meeting room will be open to attendees at 5:00 p.m. to allow for social and networking time. This will also allow time for those who wish to commute home or to another location before attending the meeting. Similarly, the Zoom virtual meeting room will remain open for an additional social and networking time until 7:30 p.m.

Once again, at least for the time being, there will be no pupillage groups. Rather, we once again are working hard to include a variety of case law updates and hot topics, speakers, town halls, panels, and more. Programs will continue to focus on being informative, diverse, entertaining, social, and fun.




Counselor: Danielle Faller

President: Slade Dukes

President-Elect: TBD

Treasurer: Slade Dukes / Danielle Faller (acting)

Program Chair: Katherine Fall

Membership Chair: TBD

6th Circuit Representative​: TBD

12th Circuit Representative: TBD

13th Circuit Representative: TBD

If you are interested in serving on the 2021-2022 and/or 2022-2023 Inn Year Leadership Teams, please contact Slade Dukes and/or Danielle Faller.



General Membership Application

Student Membership Application

For Membership Information please contact Slade Dukes and/or Danielle Faller.


The Judge Thomas E. Penick, Jr. American Inn of Court Handbook

The Judge Thomas E. Penick, Jr. American Inn of Court Bylaws 

The Judge Thomas E. Penick, Jr. American Inn of Court Diversity Policy