Selection of Members


In the spring of each year, a membership committee solicits nominations for new Masters, Barristers, and Associates from the Inn’s active members and from state and federal judges. The membership committee then identifies persons who have a demonstrated interest in developing their own professional skills and in improving the quality of justice in Middle Tennessee and submits its recommendations to the Inn’s executive committee. The executive committee extends the invitations to join the Inn.

The Inn also invites the Nashville School of Law and Vanderbilt University School of Law to recommend students who are about to begin their final year of studies for membership in the Inn. Each law school recommends students who, by their academic performance and participation in extracurricular activities, have demonstrated an active interest in the practice of law.

All lawyers, law professors, and judges living and working in Davidson County or in any county contiguous to Davidson County are eligible for membership in the Harry Phillips AIC either as Masters, Barristers, or Associates. In addition, students enrolled at law schools in Middle Tennessee who are entering their final year of studies are eligible for Student membership. Former members of the Inn may be nominated for membership as long as they have not been active members of the Inn for at least one year. The Inn favors making the Inn experience available to as many lawyers practicing in Middle Tennessee as possible.

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