Inns of Court–Application due Today, May 28

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN LITIGATION? 

FLORIDA COASTAL IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

FROM SECOND AND THIRD YEAR LAW STUDENTS FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE

CHESTER BEDELL, THE E. Robert Williams (Workers Compensation) and The Robert M. Foster (Nassau County) Inn of Court.

 

THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET TO KNOW POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS IN THE JACKSONVILLE AREA AND TO INCREASE YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF LITIGATION. 

DUE DATE: Applications must be submitted through Symplicity by May 28, 2013

THE AMERICAN INNS OF COURT

The American Inns of Court is a national, prestigious society comprised of some of the foremost judges and trial lawyers in the United States. The American Inns of Court is an association of now more than 300 inns throughout the nation. The Inns of Court, inspired by the methodology developed by English Jurists and Barristers, have been established in the United States as elite collegial bodies whose membership is shared by judges, practitioners and law students. The purpose of the Inns is to further the traditions of learning by example, through discussion, and through social interaction among judges, senior barristers and students. The Inns of the English Bar have created a high regard for fearless advocacy and legal scholarship, a respect for the law and its institutions, and a respect for one’s colleagues at the bar. It is these qualities of the English Inns that the American Inns of Court seek to capture.

In 1977, a number of American Lawyers and judges spent some weeks in England observing the English Inns of Court and the English legal system. From their observations, they determined that many of the goals of the American Legal System might be promoted by adapting the English Inns of Court system to American practice. This group included Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the Ninth Circuit , Rex E. Lee, then Dean of the law school at Brigham Young University and later Solicitor General of the United States, and was encouraged from the outset by the Chief Justice of the United States. The first Inn was established in 1980 in Provo, Utah. Since that time, over three hundred additional Inns have been established.

Each Inn of Court is comprised of three levels of participation, “Masters of the Bench” who are noted and accomplished judges and trial lawyers, “Barristers” who are attorneys practicing for less than ten years and “Pupils,” law students invited to participate in Inn activities and to share both the educational and social experience of the Inn. The “Benchers” of the Chester Bedell Inn of Court, for example, currently include two sitting Federal Judges, State Appellate and trial judges, two members of the Board of Governors of the Florida Bar as well as the President elect, three past Presidents and past chairmen of the Trial Lawyers` Section of the Florida Bar. In a word, the Benchers include some of the most prestigious and accomplished lawyers in the northeastern part of the state. Barristers are drawn from persons recognized to be superior trial lawyers, although they may not have had the extensive experience of the Benchers. Students are selected from the student bodies of various colleges of law, including Florida Coastal School of Law, by specific invitation of the Masters of the Bench of the Inn.

The Inns meet from six to eight times a year. Each of the regular meetings consist of a dinner with all members of the Inn present followed by an educational component, at which the members of the Inn demonstrate and discuss issues, techniques, problems and ethics of trial advocacy. Students who are invited to participate in the Inn are included as an integral part of all Inn activities. They are expected to attend all Inn meetings during the year, to meet with a select number of Benchers and Barristers in “pupillage groups,” and to take an active part in the meetings and social events of the Inn. Students are selected by members of the Inn on the basis of applications submitted to the Inn describing each student’s interest in litigation and the system of advocacy in the United States.

For those students selected to participate in the Inn of Court, the benefits are great. These students will have the opportunity to work with and to observe the most outstanding trial lawyers and judges in the State and Federal courts; they will have the opportunity to meet and come to know on a personal basis the leaders of the Bench and the Bar in the State of Florida, and they will have the opportunity to learn trial techniques and skills from true masters of their craft. Selected students should have an expressed and, preferably, demonstrated interest in litigation, and must be willing to commit him/herself to attending the meetings of the Inns of Court during the year.  The dues associated with Chester Bedell Inn of Court membership are paid for by Florida Coastal School of Law.