On behalf of the Executive Committee, I send you a warm welcome to the 35th year of the William E. Doyle Inn of Court. I wish you and your families well during this unprecedented time. Our Inn of Court community is more important than ever. Your Executive Committee is committed to making this year a success. Please know that we are here to support you as we all navigate the challenges this pandemic has posed to both our personal and professional lives.

The Inn tradition is a long and proud one. American Inns of Court were patterned after the English Inns of Court, which began in 1292 when King Edward I directed his chief justice to satisfy a growing need for skilled advocates at the Royal Court in Westminster. Chief Justice Burger, former Solicitor General Rex Lee, and Senior United States District Judge A. Sherman Christensen founded the first American Inn of Court in 1980 to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills.  I am sure this year will once again accomplish that mission of the American Inns of Court.

The Doyle Inn is very excited to welcome some outstanding new members and students. To our new members, you have joined the first Inn chartered by the American Inns of Court in Colorado. The Doyle Inn was the 19th Inn established in the United States. If you know of someone interested in attending one of our monthly programs, please encourage them to email a member of the Executive Committee.

Our membership is composed of highly experienced trial, transactional and public attorneys and other members of the bar, distinguished state and federal court judges, and law students from the Denver University Sturm College of Law and University of Colorado Law School.  We gather on a monthly basis for dinner and interesting programs ranging from distinguished guest speakers and panels to theatrical presentations. We hope these programs will inspire our mutual goals of excellence, education, civility, and professionalism. Our practical skills CLEs are open to all members of area Inns of Courts. Both our monthly meetings and our CLE programs will continue in a virtual format this fall.

The success of our Inn is fully dependent on you, our members. I encourage you to actively attend this year, connect with your pupilage group, and take advantage of our new monthly coffee program beginning in September.