The eight programs offered during the year are at the heart of the Inn’s monthly meetings. They focus on 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 or alternative dispute resolution proceedings and in activities preliminary to courtroom appearances. These programs also incorporate opportunities for critique and discussion.
Each team presenting a program must:
- Select a program format that will present the assigned topic in an interesting and informative manner.
- Prepare written materials that satisfy the requirements of Tenn. Sup. Ct. R. 21, §§ 4.03 & 5.01(e). These materials are either posted on the Inn’s website or are handed out at the meeting.
- Prepare an American Inns of Court Program Report Form to be included in the Foundation’s national Programming Manual. A copy of the form for this report can be found here and also at the end of the handbook. This task is the responsibility of the team’s reporter.
The Inn will also underwrite the meal costs for persons who are not Inn members but who have been invited by a team to be part of a program. With prior approval, the Inn will provide up to $100 to each team to help defray the costs of its program.