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Washington College of Law Partnership with William B. Bryant American Inn of Court

The Trial Advocacy Program has a partnership with the William B. Bryant American Inn of Court sponsoring qualified students each year to become members of the Inn of Courts.   This sponsorship provides an excellent opportunity for students to further develop their litigation skills and network with some of the finest practitioners and trial judges in the D.C. Metropolitan area. 

Students attend monthly dinner meetings designed to promote social interaction, professional relationship and camaraderie in a setting of education and skills development.  Focused on the development of skills, Inn programs provide creative, practical, interactive instruction in all areas of legal practice. 

The Trial Advocacy Program supervises the students in their participation in the Inn monitoring them at the meetings, providing guidelines for the application and selection process, and providing faculty advising.  Professor Elizabeth Lippy is the faculty sponsor over the student delegation and is enrolled in the Inn as a “Barrister.”  She has 10 years of experience in litigation and is the past president of The Montgomery County Inn of Courts in Pennsylvania prior to her move to the Washington College of Law.

The American Inns of Court Mission

American Inns of Court are designed to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the bench and bar.  The goal of the American Inns of Court Foundation is to raise the standard of the legal profession.  Sharing experiences and insights between seasoned professionals and less experienced practitioners is a fundamental principle of the American Inns of Court. 

The American Inns of Court is an organization comprised of smaller individual Inns of Court.  Inns of Court are groups made up of judges, law professors, practicing attorneys and third-year law students.  It is the oldest, largest and fastest growing legal mentoring organization and is firmly rooted in the 800-year-old tradition of the Inns of Court in England.  For over twenty years, American Inns of Court have provided judges, lawyers and law students an opportunity to participate actively in developing a deeper sense of professionalism, achieving higher levels of excellence and furthering the practice of law with dignity and integrity.

The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court in Washington, D.C.

The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court is a Washington D.C. professional legal organization affiliated with the national American Inns of Court Foundation.  The Inn is named for the late Judge William B. Bryant, who was a gifted trial lawyer and, at his death, a Senior Judge for the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  The Bryant Inn has approximately 100 members, divided into seven teams, each of which includes judges, lawyers and law students.  Every team is responsible for presenting one program a year for the edification and entertainment of the other Inn members.  Broadly speaking, the Bryant Inn focuses on litigation, both civil and criminal, and on issues of ethics and civility that arise in and out of the courtroom.  In addition to the Inn’s monthly meetings, teams meet individually at various times to plan their programs and share experiences from the members’ practices.

WCL Members of The William B. Bryant American Inn of Court

2011 - 2012    

Elizabeth Lippy - Barrister

Lucy Mirvis

Ryan Norman

Brittany Gail Thomas

2012 - 2013

Elizabeth Lippy - Barrister

Cody Beauchamp

Yeve Chitiga

Ryan Fanning

Ellis Palividas

Sarah Thomas

2013 - 2014

Elizabeth Lippy - Barrister

Alexis Miller

Jacob Bedingfield

Tamara DiPaolo

Ryan Fanning

Adam Michel

Montra Martin

Chelsea Zimmerman