The American Inns of Court Promotes Good Practice

Judge John Bowman was elected to the Florida Circuit Court in 2002. Beyond the courtroom, Judge John Bowman is the president for 2014-2015 for the Stephen R. Booher chapter of the American Inns of Court (AIC).

AIC was established in 1980; the organization has since grown to nearly 400 chapters throughout the United States. Currently, the AIC has some 30,000 active members, consisting of judges, lawyers, teachers, and students, and about 100,000 alumni members. The AIC’s mission is to foster adherence to high standards of ethics, professionalism, and civility.

A vital part of the AIC is its mentoring program. Longtime members guide and support newer members; the process not only enables the acquisition of important professional skills but also builds a framework for collegial relationships.

To aid these efforts, the AIC uses a model mentoring program developed by the University of South Carolina School of Law. The model emphasizes setting up a simply administered structure that enables chapters to implement efficient methods of communication and scheduling.

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