Because interaction between less experienced attorneys and more senior attorneys is essential to achieving the Inn’s purpose of fostering collegiality and excellence in the legal profession, poor attendance may lead to membership termination. This policy is necessary to maintain active participation in Inn activities. The Inn’s bylaws provide that any active member who misses more than three meetings in one academic year is deemed to have submitted his or her resignation. The Executive Committee may accept or reject this resignation in its discretion, and it may consider all facts reasonably relating to the question of resignation, including excuses or explanation for absences. The Invitations to become a member of the Inn for the 2020-22 with an option to renew to 2023 will be determined by the end of May 2020 to early June 2020. All persons applying should be willing and able to fulfill the obligations of Inn membership which include, but are not limited to
1. Attending at least five of the eight monthly Inn meetings;
2. Fully participating in pupilage groups and attending at least four of your assigned group meetings;
3. Being responsible and responsive to your pupilage group task assignments.
Membership will be relinquished due to inability to abide by the above participation level.
The meetings start at 6:00 and end by 7:15. They are held at 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Courtroom 12 located on the 19th floor. When the program is over, the group walks to a pre-selected restaurant for a convivial meal and a toast, usually by one of the more senior judges or attorneys, and often stories and jokes add to the good cheer.
Our members unanimously agree that they have learned a lot and enjoyed themselves in this collegial way of learning the craft of the trial lawyer. Many of the Associate and Barrister members, upon completion of their terms, sign up again and get back on the waiting list. There is, and has been from the beginning, a waiting list of applicants who would like to join our Chapter. Since applicants are chosen from these lists principally on the basis of the date of application, lawyers interested in joining should apply at their earliest opportunity.
Membership dues range from $400, $550, $650 to $700 per year. The dues include eight hours of MCLE credit and dinner following each program. Considering the excellent meals, the cost per MCLE credit is extremely reasonable. It is, in our opinion, the most enjoyable and practical learning experience of its kind available to trial lawyers in California.
Associates practicing 7 years and under
Barristers practicing 7 to 19 years
Masters practicing over 20 years and over