Wednesday, April 15, 2009

March 24, 2009 Meeting

At the March 24, 2009 meeting, Inn members were delighted with the presentation by Team 6 entitled, "Fee Collection and Disputes In a Down Economy". Thanks to Team 6 for a presentation that was as informative and entertaining as it was timely.

Next up -- a presentation by Team 7 at our April 28, 2009 meeting you won't want to miss -- "A Monochrome Legal Profession in a Technicolor World: Despite Some Substantial Efforts at Diversity, the Legal Profession Remains Predominantly White and Male." Mark your calendars, and we'll look forward to seeing you then.

Monday, March 2, 2009

February 24, 2009 Meeting

We met on February 24, 2009 for our fifth meeting of the year where members were treated to Team 5's presentation on the "Witness From Hell." Speaking from a wholly objective standpoint -- of course -- the skits presented were as funny as they were informative, and the acting was, in a word, superb. In all seriousenss, we, the members of Team 5, were glad to see that our skits did generate thoughtful discussion on how to handle difficult witnesses before and during trial.

Next up is Team 6's presentation, led by Judge Sanders and Rosanna Sattler, on how to approach fee disputes in a down economy.

Monday, February 16, 2009

February 2, 2009 Meeting

Our joint meeting with the Suffolk Inn of Court was a huge success by all accounts, in no small part due to the terrific presentation led by Judge Frank Williams and Renee Landers on Abraham Lincoln, the lawyer.  Equally enjoyable was the chance to meet with our friends at the Suffolk Inn.  Thanks to our Co-President, Matthew Baltay, and Suffolk's President, Kevin Currid, for making the joint-meeting happen.

"Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.  As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man."  --  Abraham Lincoln 

October 28, 2008 Meeting

Thanks to Team 2, led by Jim Harrington and Judge Pearson, for their terrific presentation of "It's a Wonderful Life . . . or is it?"  While the subject matter -- ethical conundrums, potential client relationship disasters, and bears, oh my! - was sobering, Team 2 managed to entertain and inform throughout their lively skits.  The early teams continue to set the bar high for those that follow.

Executive Committee 2008-2009

The officer slate for the 2008-2009 session of the Boston Inn of Court is as follows:

Co-Presidents: Hon. James McHugh & Matthew Baltay

President Elect: Harvey Weiner

Secretary: Helen Listas

Treasurer: Michael Sams

Photographer/Webmaster: Matthew Miller

Program Chair: Prof. Peter Malaguti

Immediate Past Pres.: Hon. Gordon Doerfer & Mary Jo Harris

Please contact any member of the Executive Committee with any questions or comments concerning the Inn.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

September 2008 Meeting

The Boston Inn of Court held its first meeting of the 2008/2009 session on September 23, 2008, and by all accounts, the meeting was a great success. After a chance to reconnect with firends and colleagues and make new acquaintences, our Co-Presidents Hon. James McHugh and Matthew Baltay recalled the Inn's purpose - to promote collegiality and civility in the legal profession - and reminded us that our chapter continues to welcome members of the profession that would like to join the Inn.

Our 2008/2009 year got off to a smashing start with a terrific presentation from Team 1 entitled, "Legal Lunchtime Gripes." The talented members of Team 1 entertained and informed with a revealing and no holds barred behind the scenes look at when lawyers talk to each other about their gripes about judges and when judges talk to each other about their gripes about lawyers.
Our next meeting will be held on . . . where Team 2 will present . . .

A Little Bit of History Repeating

A history of the Boston Inn of Court, as told on the previous version of our site,

From its quiet beginnings during late-night discussions between two law students in 1990, the Boston Inn of Court has blossomed into a strong cadre of Boston’s best and brightest members of the bench, bar, and academia. Throughout its growth, the Inn and its members have continued to practice the principles conceived of during those early discussions. The idea was to gather cross-sections from the bar. Plaintiffs lawyers would sit with those who do defense work. Seasoned practitioners would mix with law students. Judges would share ideas with counsel. The purpose of this endeavor would be to encourage a sharing of experiences, an encouragement of professionalism, and a dedication to ethics. Today, these ideals have borne fruit, and the ninety-member Inn encourages good practice and good sportsmanship among its membership and throughout the bar at large.

The two law students who started the Inn during their third years at Boston University School of Law were David Benfield and Chris Kenney. After discussing the idea for an Inn between themselves, they approached B.U. Law professors Julius Levine and Robert Burdick. Levine and Burdick encouraged and assisted the students in pursuing the idea further. The group contacted the American Inns of Court for guidance and then formed an organizing committee.

Interest in the organization was not immediately overwhelming. The group thought, however, that if they could attract even a few well-known names to their effort, perhaps the interest of others would be sparked. Fortunately, a number of legal luminaries were at that time teaching trial advocacy classes on a part-time basis at B.U., and the group began to pitch their idea to them. Several of the teachers bit. Federal District Court Judge William Young, State Supreme Judicial Court Judge Joseph Nolan, and Bingham Dana LLP attorney William McCormack agreed to lend their names and their efforts to the endeavor.

Now, with a well-recognized trio at the vanguard, the Inn advertised an organizational meeting to take place in early 1990. Some fifty judges, lawyers, and law students packed into B.U.’s moot courtroom, and the Inn was off and running. The attendees elected Mr. McCormack as their first president and within weeks, an Inn delegation traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the American Inns of Court annual meeting. There, the American Inns of Court rewarded the Boston Inn for its efforts by chartering it as the nation’s 100th Inn of Court, a distinction that the Boston Inn proudly holds today.

Early Inn meetings were held in Judge Young’s courtroom. After the substantive portion of the meeting, members would walk over to the Boston office of Bingham Dana LLP at 150 Federal Street for a social dinner. As the membership of the Inn grew to over eighty members, it moved its meetings to Maison Robert, a popular restaurant located inside of Boston's historic Old City Hall on School Street.

Additionally, in 2001, the Boston Inn of Court sent a representative to the national American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence. In 2001, the annual event was hosted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the United States Supreme Court on October 20. The 2001 A. Sherman Christensen Award was presented to Joryn Jenkins, Esq. of Tampa, FLA and the Honorable Shirley Mount Hufstedler of Los Angeles, CA was the recipient of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor also attended to join the Honorable Randy J. Holland, AIC Board of Trustees President, and fellow attendees in honoring Robert L. Hutton of Memphis, TN, the first recipient of the Sandra Day O'Connor Award, which was established by the AIC Trustees. The Boston Inn of Court Program Director Jim Harrington represented The Boston AIC and was able to meet and speak with both Supreme Court Justices.