June 30th officially marks the last day of the 2019-2020 American Inns of Court and William E. Doyle Inn of Court year. I sincerely mean this when I say it: it has been a pleasure and honor to serve as the President of this organization, which consists of many great legal minds and human beings.
Although the world’s recent paradigm shift was largely unexpected, I am impressed with the way our members have adjusted to our “new normal.” I am also grateful for the pupillage groups and leaders within our Inn who managed to coordinate a remarkable virtual program (thank you Judge Tymkovich’s group), an unparalleled Summer Social with live music and delicious treats (thank you Judge Goldberg’s group), and informal Zoom pupillage group meetings (thank you everyone). I also want to thank Judge Schwartz’ group for planning a spectacular April Inn meeting and speaker which we had to cancel, and I look forward to that group’s next program. And thank you to the pupillage groups and members who made our in-person meetings and CLEs impactful, educational, and enjoyable.
Regardless of whether we are physically with each other, these endeavors comprise the spirit of our Inn and the philosophy behind the Inns of Court.
The State of the Inn
Regarding the State of the Inn, I am pleased to say that our Inn remains strong from a financial and membership standpoint. We increased our membership this year by adding new attorneys and students. Our Executive Committee continues to communicate regularly to incorporate new suggestions and ideas, while also maintaining our Inn’s personality and history.
We continued our push to integrate new technology by updating our website regularly (www.doyleinn.com), making the PayPal dues payments a mainstay, and seeking input from newer and younger attorneys. For the first time this year, we created ex-officio positions for Associate Barristers to further this effort. We look forward to integrating new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives.
My overarching goal and personal theme for this year has been along the lines of “getting to know you.” I am lucky to count myself as a member of the Inn for nearly seventeen years, as I joined as a law student. Since that time, I have been honored to grow as an adult and professional with many of you, but it also dawned on me that I did not know many long-time and newer members as well as I should.
My vision was to encourage all of you to get to know each other better—within your pupillage groups, vis-à-vis conversations with new people at our cocktail hours and dinners, and otherwise, making a concerted effort to get to know your fellow Inn colleagues. Accordingly, we also started the process of creating an Inn newsletter that will continue to provide updates and highlights about our members, personally and professionally.
Also consistent with the theme of getting to know each other, we started collecting headshots and photos to create a private face directory for our Inn. If you have not done so, please send a photo to email@example.com to further our efforts to create an inclusive environment, where everyone is truly a familiar, friendly face.
Of course, there is always room for improvement, and we must strive to be better. Accordingly, please participate in this short annual Member Satisfaction Survey by June 29, 2020. It also seeks your input regarding issues that are unique to this unprecedented time. The survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KC3R8ZR
As the American Inns of Court celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we too celebrate the continued achievements and successes of our own Inn. I also know that your incoming President, Elizabeth Howard, will serve as an excellent leader, and I look forward to seeing what she has in store for us.
All my best,
The William E. Doyle Inn of Court is committed to the American Inns of Court goal to create and maintain a culture of diversity throughout our organization. Please read the American Inns’ Diversity Policy:
An American Inn of Court Founded 1986 – Chapter No. 19
President Becky Bye Tomazin Hillyard & Clor, LLP 4643 S. Ulster Street, Ste. 1200 Denver, CO 80238 Tel: (720) 272-2247 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer
Hon. Ann B. Frick (Retired) 200 S. Cherry Street Denver, CO 80246 Tel: (303) 503-9251 E-mail: email@example.com
August 28, 2019
Dear Doyle’s Inn Members:
Welcome to the 34th year of the William E. Doyle Inn of Court! It is an honor to be part of this distinguished Inn, which comprises an impressive array of judges, attorneys, legal scholars and students.
As you may know, the American Inns of Court formed in the late 1970s, inspired by the United Kingdom’s Inns of Courts’ emphasis on life-long learning, mentoring and professionalism. The AIC’s Vision Statement succinctly summarizes this: “A legal profession and judiciary dedicated to professionalism, ethics, civility, and excellence.”
Throughout my tenure with the Doyle’s Inn, starting as a 2L in law school, I have witnessed firsthand how our members fully embrace this philosophy in their personal and professional lives. On a personal note, every time I leave the University Club after an Inn meeting, I feel invigorated, intellectually satisfied, and hold a renewed pride for our legal profession.
To our new attorney and student members: welcome to the Doyle’s Inn! The Doyle’s Inn is one of eight Inns of Court in Colorado, with over 100 active members. We are also the first Inn chartered by the American Inns of Court in Colorado. Our judges and attorneys practice in various courts and areas of law. We are so proud of our membership—many of our members have been active in the Doyle’s Inn for decades, which I believe speaks volumes regarding the quality of our Inn.
For our new members and current members, I would like to invite you to an informal New Member Mixer at Barclay Tower, graciously hosted by Immediate Past President Wadi Muhaisen, on Tuesday, September 10th from 5-7pm. All members are welcome to join the Executive Committee at this mixer as we get to know our new members. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to me so that we can get a headcount for food and beverages.
One of the key principles of an Inn of Court is the active participation of its members, similar to the Inns of Court in the United Kingdom, which are essentially lifelong educational institutions for barristers. To that end, I strongly encourage you to get the most out of your membership and to enhance the performance of our Inn by attending meetings, engaging in conversations, meeting new attorneys during Cocktail Hour and dinner, and exchanging ideas with fellow members at or outside of our regularly scheduled meetings.
This leads me to my request for a headshot or photo. This year, we will compile a photo roster to circulate amongst our members and potentially post on our website. One of my personal goals for this year is for our member to really get to know each other and to always seek opportunities to mingle with new faces at our Inn meetings. Having a point of reference may be helpful for this endeavor, as it is common to forget names and/or faces after striking up a great conversation. Accordingly, please send a headshot to DoyleInnSecretary@gmail.com. In your email, please provide your name, where you work, and practice areas.
Additionally, if you have not done so yet, I strongly encourage you to visit or revisit the American Inns of Court website, which provides a wealth of information about the American Inns of Court and some national events.
MEETING DATES and PROGRAM ASSIGNMENTS
Except as noted, meetings are on the third Wednesday of each month at the University Club, with no meeting in December or March. Please see below for the calendar and pupilage group program assignments:
September 25, 2019 (fourth Wednesday) – Judge Jackson October 16, 2019 – Judge Neureiter November 20, 2019 – Judge Frick No December meeting January 28, 2020 (Tuesday) – Judge Wheeler February 19, 2020– Judge Berkenkotter No March meeting April 15, 2020– Judge Schwartz May 20, 2020 – Judge Tymkovich June 13, 2020 – Judge Goldberg
$ DUES $
Dues for the Inn are due at the start of the Inn year:
Judges $415 Masters (admitted to bar longer than 14 years) $415 Barristers (admitted to bar 5 to 14 years) $415 Associate Barristers (admitted to bar less than 5 years) $315
You can pay your dues online by credit card via PayPal at the “Pay Dues” tab at http://www.doyleinn.com. If you choose to pay by check (payable to Doyle’s Inn) your dues are discounted by $15.00. Send your dues check (payable to Doyle’s Inn) to Judge Ann Frick at the address listed at the top of this letter. Your dues statement and information sheet are enclosed. Please remit your dues promptly. Our treasurers are all unpaid volunteers and spend a significant amount of time maintaining our financial obligations and bank accounts. Historically, our past treasurers have spent a great deal of time throughout the Inn year following up with members for late payments. If you are unable to pay your dues fully at this time but wish to be an active member, please contact Judge Frick confidentially to arrange a payment plan. e truly want members to feel welcome in our Inn regardless of financial or personal circumstances and will work with you to accommodate your needs.
Also, I would like to recognize Kari Elizalde as our Inn Administrator and thank her for her continued service to our Inn. Kari has been with us for years and is a tremendous resource. Please inform her of any change of contact information or any corrections for the roster. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMBERSHIP and ATTENDANCE
Please be an active member. As mentioned above, the Inn of Court is more than just an organization. The essence of the Inn is member engagement. Please make attendance at meetings a priority to maintain the success of our Inn. In addition to attending the dinner meetings, please also make every effort to meet with other members of your pupilage group every month.
Please RSVP. Please RSVP each month to ensure we order enough meals and do not pay for more than we need, which will help us avoid unnecessary dues increases. If you need a vegetarian meal, gluten-free meal, or other accommodations, you must also let Kari know when you RSVP.
Send a friend or bring a guest. If you cannot attend a monthly dinner meeting, please send someone to take your place for no additional cost. Also, feel free to bring a guest with you to any meeting. The guest meal charge is $40.00 – please bring a check payable to Doyle Inn of Court. Again, please RSVP for you and your guest(s)!
OTHER INN ITEMS TO NOTE
Your Inn involvement can extend outside of our monthly meetings to foster our mission of professionalism and mentoring. Besides what I highlight below, there is so much more you can do if you would like to get involved in the Inns of Court on the local, national, and international level. I will send make announcements at our meetings and send out additional emails regarding ways to get involved.
VISITING THE ENGLISH AND IRISH INNS OF COURTS
The American Inns of Court have a reciprocal visitation agreement with the English and Irish Inns of Court. If you find yourself in London or Dublin, feel free to email the American Inns of Court for a letter of introduction, which will allow you exclusive access to the Inns of Courts across the pond for a visit, tour, or even dining. I assure you, this is an amazing opportunity to see these centuries-old institutions from amore intimate perspective. You can find more information here: VISIT INNS OF COURTS
Practical Skills in Civil Litigation – Monthly Workshops
Prior to each dinner, the Inn hosts, by way of the leadership and management of Randy Bramer, a series of informal trainings focusing on basic practical skills in civil litigation. The Doyle Inn is the only Inn in the region that provides such an informative and helpful forum, and that permits non-Inn members to benefit. The workshops have been very well received. These free sessions will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 PM prior to Inn dinner meetings. General information will be emailed to members before each workshop.
Similar to my predecessors, I am encouraging pupilage groups to meet monthly for gatherings that can range from coffee, lunches, happy hours, or any other event or productivity. The very purpose of pupilage groups is to create an even more intimate atmosphere for our members for purposes of mentorship, education, and to foster relationships.
Regarding pupilage group presentations, one of the characteristics of our Inn is our ability to have a variety of unique and engaging programs—not all of them are necessarily legal in nature or directly related to the Inns of Courts. I wholeheartedly embrace this diversity in programming. However, if you ever need ideas from other Inns around the country, please browse the American Inns of Courts Program Library online, which is an invaluable way to review many programs, and which can stimulate ideas and discussions for your presentations: AIC Program Library
News and Notes. Please send news and announcements about yourself, or about other members, to email@example.com.
Before I conclude, I want to express my gratitude to Wadi Muhaisen for an excellent two years of leadership as our President and for all of his time and input during my transition into this role.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact either Kari or me. I look forward to seeing all of you on September 25th, and throughout the coming year. Sincerely,