The Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court, founded in 1996 to foster professionalism and civility among lawyers in the Louisville area, is accepting nominations for new members in the Barrister, Associate and Pupil categories. Nominees should be lawyers with 15 years or less litigation experience. Membership is open to solo, small practice or large firm attorneys; members of the plaintiff and defense bar; prosecutors and public defenders.

The first American Inn of Court was founded in 1980, and today there are more than 300 Inns with more than 18,000 state and federal judges, lawyers and legal scholars as members. Each Inn is run independently, but the structure is the same.

The Brandeis Inn, with 84 active members, is comprised of Masters (senior litigation lawyers, members of the judiciary and law school faculty, all of whom have more than 15 years of legal experience); Barristers (lawyers with 6 to 15 years of experience; Associates (lawyers with 1 to 5 years of experience); and Pupils (3rd year law students).

Member benefits include opportunities for mentor relationships, substantive law and skills training, interaction with legal scholars and judges, and networking with litigators in different types of trial practice, all of which are intended to facilitate communication among the bench, the bar and the law school for the betterment of local practice and the improvement of the profession.

Meetings are held on a “semester” basis in September, October, November and February, March, April, and include dinner and CLE programs that focus on issues that arise in litigation and other topics of interest to trial lawyers, ranging from ethical challenges and professionalism concerns to innovative trial techniques and new developments in the law.

To nominate a litigation attorney in the Louisville area for membership,* or if you are interested in further information about the Brandeis Inn, please contact:

Daniel T. Goyette, Chair of the Membership Committee of the Brandeis Inn
Advocacy Plaza
701–719 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
(or forward via e-mail to:

*Candidates may be nominated by a third party or may self-nominate. In either case, nominations should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than April 20.