Austin Inns of Court

2021-2022 Student Member Application Information

The Austin Inns of Court provide excellent opportunities for law students to meet and be mentored by local judges and practicing attorneys across a range of fields, and to learn about the American Inns of Court movement.

The five Austin Inns of Court accept a limited number of student members each year. Each Inn meets monthly, fall through spring. Students are assigned to a team of attorneys and judges, which meets to prepare a program and then presents the program at one of the Inn meetings. This is an opportunity for students to be mentored by practicing attorneys and judges that they wouldn’t get anywhere else. Student members often go on after they graduate from law school to join Inns of Court in the cities where they practice. For more information about the American Inns of Court visit: https://home.innsofcourt.org/

Austin General Practice Inns – applications due August 30

The general practice Inns will accept applications from second and third year law students until Monday, August 30, 2021. Students apply to each Inn separately. Students who receive more than one membership offer will be asked to commit to one Inn by Friday, September 10.

The general practice Inns held an information session for students in April 2021 that you can view here. Please see below for information about each of the general practice Inns, including how to apply:

The Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court

The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court

The Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court

Austin Area Specialty Practice Inns

Please see below for information about each of the specialty practice Inns, including application deadlines and how to apply:

The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

The Honorable Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

General Practice Inns

The Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court

Founded in 1990, the Calvert Inn is the oldest in Austin and is dedicated to enhancing ethics, professionalism and civility within the legal profession. The Calvert Inn’s current membership includes private practitioners with firms of all sizes, government attorneys, in-house counsel, law professors, and state and federal judges. Five to ten law students are invited to student membership annually. Student membership is extended based upon stated interest, rather than credentials.

Applicants may email a letter of interest and a resume to the Inn’s Membership Chair, Matt Garcia, at matt@barnettgarcia.com. Please note if you are applying to other Inns as well.

The Calvert Inn year runs from September 2021 through May 2022. Inn meetings are generally held at the Headliner’s Club in downtown Austin at 5:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. Dinner is provided. Students with questions should feel free to ask Professor Mary Crouter or Professor Tracy McCormack, who have participated in the Inn.

The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court

The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court received its charter in 2016. Inn members include Texas Supreme Court and appellate justices, civil and criminal court trial judges, Texas Law professors, and attorneys who practice in civil litigation and criminal litigation, including commercial, probate, immigration, real estate, family law, and government counsel. The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court strives for diversity in both its membership and in its practice areas. Five to ten law students are selected each year to become members.

Law student members for 2021-2022 will be chosen from their letter of interest and resume sent to the Inn’s Membership Co-Chair, Robyn Hargrove, at rhargrove@scottdoug.com.

Monthly dinner and program meetings are held from September through April from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month in downtown Austin, with an orientation meeting in September and a social event with other Austin-area Inns in May.

The Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court

The Lochridge Inn is a highly selective Inn of the top litigators and judges in Austin, with mentorship at its core. Members include Hon. Robert Pitman, Hon. Andrew Austin, Hon. Mark Lane, Hon. Debra Lehrman, Hon. Jeff Rose, Hon. Eric Shepperd, Hon. Todd Wong, Hon. Karen Sage, Hon. Elisabeth Earle, Martha Dickie, Dirk Jordan, Karen Burgess, and Dicky Grigg. Student members work with Austin lawyers on a presentation to the Inn and also have opportunities to get to know practitioners in informal settings.

Law student members will be chosen from the applications completed and emailed to Jacob Scheick, jscheick@abdmlaw.com. Please find an application for the Lochridge Inn here.

The Inn meets from September through May on the 3rd Tuesday of every month from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. for dinner and a presentation regarding legal issues and/or the legal profession. All meetings will be held in downtown Austin at Chateau Bellevue, 708 San Antonio Street, Austin, Texas 78701.

Specialty Practice Inns

The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court

Founded in 2010, the Yeakel Inn focuses on intellectual property law, and attempts to balance its membership across all areas of the intellectual property community. The Inn’s membership includes judges, judicial clerks, special masters, in-house counsel, litigators, prosecutors, transactional attorneys, professors, and law students.

Applications are accepted until the last day of May each year. To apply, send a statement of interest, resume, and two letters of recommendation to Brian Nash, brian.nash@pillsburylaw.com, with a copy to Darla Thomas, dkthomas@wsgr.com. Include “Lee Yeakel IP Inn of Court” in the subject line.

The Inn meets monthly September – April of each year, with each meeting including dinner and a presentation by Inn members. The Membership Committee is co-chaired by Lou Pirkey, lpirkey@pirkeybarber.com, and Brian Nash. Please feel free to contact them with any questions you may have.

The Honorable Larry E. Kelly Bankruptcy American Inn of Court

The LEK Inn is comprised of judges and attorneys practicing bankruptcy law in Austin and San Antonio. Student members have an extraordinary opportunity to meet attorneys and judges in the bankruptcy field, receive advice, real life practice tips and establish professional relationships to last a lifetime.

Application is by invitation from a current member. A prospective member should complete an application provided by the current member, who will forward the application and a recommendation to the Membership Chair. A prospective student member without a sponsor should email the Membership Chair, Beth Smith beth@egsmithlaw.com or call her at 210-731-9177 to express interest in applying. If sending an email, please include the reference “LEK IOC applicant” in the subject line.

The LEK Inn year runs from August through April, with six monthly meetings and a December holiday party. Two meetings are held in San Antonio, two in Austin and two in San Marcos.  Students, like all other members, are expected to prioritize their commitment to the LEK Inn both by participating in a presentation team and attending meetings.