The Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court is now accepting membership applications from any practicing attorney or judge in Travis County and its contiguous counties.

The Barbara Jordan Inn of Court recently received its charter at a ceremony in Austin on April 14. It joins about 24 other American Inns of Court in Texas and dozens more across the country, whose purpose is to provide members with structured gatherings (typically monthly meetings) where they network with other legal professionals, discuss hot legal topics, share advice, and provide mentoring. Although the inns initially prioritized improving members’ trial skills—and do still focus on litigation—these organizations also address ethics, civility, and professionalism in the practice of law.

Applications—which must be received by May 31—should include a letter explaining the applicant’s interest in joining, a resume, and two letters of recommendation (preferably written by members of the legal community). Send applications to