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July 2013 CBA REPORT
president’s brief
ness. Members learn side-by-side with
the most experienced judges and at-
torneys in their community. Today, there
are more than 25,000 state, federal and
administrative law judge, attorney, legal
scholar and law student Inn members
across the United States.
The Potter Stewart AIC was founded
in the early 1980s by the Honorable Carl
S. Rubin and named for former U.S. Su-
preme Court Justice and Queen City
native Potter Stewart. The Inn meets
each month, from September through
May (except December), for cocktails
and heavy hors d’oeuvres or dinner, fol-
lowed by a lively and thought-provoking
program. We have three categories of
members: Masters of the Bench (judges,
lawyers, and law professors who have
demonstrated superior character, ability,
and competence as advocates — typically
with 15 or more years of experience);
Barristers (younger and/or less experi-
enced lawyers); and Pupils (third-year
law students). The membership is further
subdivided into “pupillage groups,” each
of which is composed of several mem-
bers from each membership category,
and is responsible for conducting one
program for the Inn each year. Pupillage
groups meet outside of the monthly Inn
meetings to prepare their presentations,
which allows less-experienced attorneys
to become more effective advocates and
counselors by learning from the more
experienced attorneys and judges, and
provides an unparalleled networking
I had the honor of being selected to
participate as a pupil of the Inn during
uppose I told you that there was
a place, for new and seasoned
litigators, where you could:
• hone your litigation skills before
state and federal judges and top local
litigators and receive their comments
and feedback without placing your
client at risk?
• participate in and receive cutting-
edge presentations on topics that
affect your daily litigation practice?
• develop a network of collegiality
among litigators and judges, in-
cluding opportunities to interact,
one-on-one and in small group and
social settings?
• attend an annual dinner with litiga-
tors and judges from Southern Ohio
and Northern Kentucky and hear
from a nationally respected litigation
• in the process, earn 10 hours of CLE
Join the Potter Stewart American Inn of
Court crowd!
What exactly is an American Inn
of Court (AIC)? Modeled after the
traditional English version of legal
apprenticeship, but modified to fit the
particular needs of the American legal
system, an Inn is an amalgamation of
judges, lawyers, law professors and law
students, which meets monthly to “break
bread” and hold programs and discus-
sions on matters of ethics, skills, and
professionalism. AICs help lawyers to
become more effective advocates and
counselors with a keener ethical aware-
By Jean Geoppinger McCoy
my third year at the University of Cin-
cinnati College of Law, and was assigned
to Judge Rubin’s pupillage group. While
I would be hard pressed to tell you the
details of the program that we conducted
in November 1989, I will never forget
what it was like to be warmly welcomed
by Judge Rubin into his eagle-laden
chambers, and to meet and interact with
titans of the Cincinnati legal community
(including then-powerhouse litigator,
now Chief Judge Susan J. Dlott) as we
planned, prepared for and practiced our
presentation. Five years later, as a Bar-
rister, I found myself arguing to the Inn
that it should rule in favor of accepting
Stephen L. Richey (then-law clerk for
the Honorable S. Arthur Spiegel, now
partner at Thompson Hine) as a motor-
cycle gang expert under the U.S. Supreme
Court’s recently-established
criteria! Now, 24 years later, this Master
is more convinced than ever that joining
the Inn will not only benefit you person-
ally, but will also serve the profession.
Won’t you join us?
Applications for membership in
the Inn are available on the Inn’s CBA
of-court.php. If you have any questions
about the Inn, please contact me at (513)
241-3685 or
I’d be happy to answer them for you.
Geoppinger McCoy is the 2013-2014 president of
the Cincinnati Bar Association and, for the past ten
years, has had the privilege of serving as the Executive
Director of the Potter Stewart American Inn of Court.
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