On May 20, 2015, Elderkin attorney Bob LeSuer was elected to the Board of Directors of the Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court. He will serve as Co-Chair of the Erie County Membership Committee.
Inspired by the tradition of the English Inns of Court, some of which trace their beginnings as far back as the 1300s, the American Inns of Court began as a professional association of trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the improvment of courtroom and advocacy skills. Recently, the American Inns have expanded their reach to include lawyers whose practices do not necessarily take them inside a courtroom. The focus of the American Inns of Court today is on:
- High competence in legal skills.
- Adherence to ethical obligations
- An appreciation of the importance of civility and professional demeanor in all dealings.
- The importance of pro bono representation and access to justice issues.
- The importance of participation in bar organizations at the local, state and national levels.
- The transmission of professional values and standards to less experienced members of the legal profession.
- Balancing self interest with the interests of clients, the justice system and the public interest.
The Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court draws its membership from judges and attorneys serving in Erie and Crawford Counties. It is made up of several smaller Pupillage Teams, which meet frequently to examine and discuss new developments in the law, recent cases or trial techniques that will help practitioners better serve their clients and improve professionalism in the practice of law. Each Pupillage Team is responsible for presenting a topic of interest at the larger Inn of Court meetings, which take place bi-monthly. The Pupillage Teams are designed on a mentorship model, whereby attorneys and judges of differing levels of experience (classified as Associates, Barristers or Masters) are brought together, each sharing the perspective of their level of experience.
Bob is a Master in the Northwest Pennsylvania American Inn of Court, of which he has been a member for more than fifteen years. He looks forward with enthusiasm to serving in his new capacity as Membership Co-Chair.