The Robert J. Turner American Inn of Court is an Oklahoma City association of federal and state judges, master lawyers, less experienced lawyers, students and law professors modeled after the English Inns of Court who together constitute a chapter of the national American Inns of Court organization.
The American Inns of Court concept was the product of a discussion in the late 1970’s among the United States’ members of the Anglo-American exchange of lawyers and judges, including Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit J. Clifford Wallace. Chief Justice Burger subsequently invited Rex E. Lee (then Dean of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and later United States Solicitor General) and Dallin Oaks (then president of Brigham Young University and later Justice of the Utah Supreme Court) to test the idea.
The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of law in order to perfect the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice in the United States.
- To promote, establish, and charter American Inns of Court throughout the United States.
- To help ensure the vitality and continuity of local Inns.
- To facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, and ongoing education among members of American Inns of Court, thereby maintaining an institutional forum where judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of law, working together, may pursue the highest goals of the legal profession.
- To shape a culture of excellence in American jurisprudence by promoting a national commitment to civility, ethics, advocacy skills, and professionalism in the practice of law, by communicating these ideals to the nation and the world, and by transmitting these values from one generation to the next.
- To establish organizational credibility, visibility, and long-term stability for the American Inns of Court.
For more information, please contact Professor Michael Mitchelson, Gold Star 257, (405) 208-5182.