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.

Services for Members of the American Inns of Court

A circuit judge in the State of Florida, Judge John Bowman serves on a number of community partnerships, advisory boards, and professional associations. In 2013, Judge John Bowman earned distinction as president-elect of the American Inns of Court for the 2013-2014 program year.

Dedicated to professional development and the advancement of standards in the legal profession, the American Inns of Court provides a variety of services to its members. Local programs are among the group’s flagship offerings. Each program invites members to come together and share their professional expertise, and the Inns publish submitted program reports as part of the Program Library.

The Inns of Court also sponsor scholarships to help members further their experience and skills. One such scholarship, the Temple Bar Program, allows an American attorney to experience the British Inns of Court and trial proceedings in the United Kingdom. Pegasus Trust Scholarships offer a similar experience in that they facilitate British-American exchange programs for lawyers who have practiced for five years or fewer. The American Inns have also established a visitation program with the London Inns of Court, so that more members can enjoy an introduction to the British legal system.