Inn of Court

Southern California Business Litigation Inn of Court

The Inn of Court is designed to promote collegiality and create a stronger community between litigators and the Court. Meeting once a month, the group presents MCLE Programs and issues regarding litigation for discussion in an informal and interactive setting.

The Inn is comprised of Lawyers and Judges who meet monthly (eight times a year) to both "break bread" and to hold innovative and interactive programs (e.g. skits, game shows, film clips) on topical litigation issues.

The SCBL Inn was formed in 1993 by, among others, leaders of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and was chartered in that year by the American Inns of Court, a national organization. As Tim Reuben remarked, "there has always been an informal sense of relationship between the Inn and the Beverly Hills Bar Association". The American Inns of Court was prompted by Chief Justice Warren Burger to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal education for judges, lawyers academician and students of the law in ordered to perfect the quality and efficiency of justice in the United States.

Membership Information

SCBL Inn of Court Membership Dues for the remainder of the 2012 - 2013 year are prorated to $100 per member. Membership in the Beverly Hills Bar Association is required for Inn of Court membership (except for Sitting Bench Officers). Program registration fees are paid separately.

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Program Schedule

The registration fee per program is $85 ($95 at the door) for regular members. Sitting Bench Officers receive complimentary admission to all programs. Non-Judicial guest fees are $99 per program. Non-member attorneys may attend meetings as a guest only once. Members will receive notice of each program via email at least one week in advance and must pay the registration fee at that time.

All programs will be held at the Westside Tavern, 10850 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. All programs start at 6:00 P.M. Each program includes a three course meal with wine and qualifies for one hour of MCLE credit.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
“Settlement Ethics: Consent, Notice, Court Approval & Fairness”
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: Howard S. Fredman
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
“Apple/Samsung (Google) Litigation”
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: David Chodos

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Federal and State Procedure - "Wheel of Procedural Fortune"
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: Marc L. Sallus

Thursday, February 7, 2013
"Movie and TV Night"
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: Timothy D. Reuben

Thursday, March 7, 2013
"Judge's Night - Dealing with the New Normal "
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: Hon. William P. Berry

Thursday, April 4, 2013
"Civil Rights - Topic TBD"
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: Steve Rohde

Thursday, March 2, 2013
"Legal Issues in Religous Settings (Land Use, Zoning, Who Owns the Church,
and Employment Issues"
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Chair: TBD

Thursday, June 6, 2013
"The Ever - Expanding Parallel Justice System: Reports of the Death of Jury Trials are (somewhat) Exaggerated.""
6:00 pm - Westside Tavern
Program Co-Chair: Leslie Wallis and Hon. Judith Chirlin (Ret.)