Inn of Court Membership

The Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court reviews its membership annually in the spring. Those interested in membership in the FBC American Inn of Court are urged to contact the Inn’s Membership Chair, Sammi Malek, sammimalekesq@gmail.com . Applications will be accepted between April 15 and May 15. You should provide a copy of your resume and a brief statement explaining the basis of your interest in joining. Letters of recommendation are encouraged but are not required.

Those selected to join the Inn will be notified during the summer. The dues paid (see below) by Inn of Court members reflect the fact that Inn of Court members also enjoy membership in the national American Inns of Court and the Federal Bar Council, including free CLE! 

The Inn of Court membership is divided among 8 teams with each team consisting of 12-15 members. Each team is led by a federal judge and a team liaison who is usually someone who has been in the Inn for a few years. The teams take turns developing and presenting a 1-hour CLE program each month from October through May. The Inn CLE programs are usually held at the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse at 500 Pearl Street in Manhattan on Tuesday evenings. Occasionally, the meetings are held at the Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse at 225 Cadman Plaza East in Brooklyn. A 45-minute reception is held before the start of each Inn CLE presentation. All Inn members are strongly encouraged to arrive in time for the reception. The annual Inn of Court year ends in June with a reception and dinner to celebrate the members’ accomplishments for that year.

The commitment of every team member is essential to the success of the Inn. For that reason, regular attendance at the monthly Inn meetings is considered one of the most important duties of Inn members. Generally, Inn members are expected to attend at least 7 of the 10 Inn meetings held each year. 

Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court Dues Schedule for 2016–2017

  • Private Sector Master Sustaining $835
  • Private Sector Masters $525
  • Private Sector Associates and Barristers $455
  • Public Sector Masters $180
  • Public Sector Judges $0
  • Public Sector Associates and Barristers $130