The American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence is held annually at the Supreme Court of the United States to honor individuals who have contributed their talent, time, energy, and resources to furthering the ideals of the American Inns of Court. The black-tie event begins with a reception, followed by dinner in the Great Hall and then the awards presentation is held in the Court Room.
The A. Sherman Christensen Award, the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Award for Professionalism and Ethics, the Sandra Day O'Connor Award for Professional Service and the Warren E. Burger Prize are presented. The 2012 Circuit Professionalism Awards recipients are recognized too. The evening is always a memorable event.
Chief Justice John Roberts will be our host for the 2012 Celebration of Excellence on October 20, 2012. PDF invitations will be available for download on August 15, 2012. Registration opens on September 1, 2012. For additional information, please contact Cindy Dennis at (571) 319-4703 or email here.
2011 Celebration of Excellence photos are available for purchase directly from the photographer, Kevin Kennedy, here.
Refund Policy: Full refunds will be issued for written cancellations received by October 11 2012. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after October 12, 2012.
Additional Information: If you have special dietary or other needs, please let us know as early as possible so that we can make your evening as enjoyable as possible. The reception and dinner will be held at the Supreme Court of the United States. The address is One First Street NE, Washington, DC 20543. You may enter the building through the First Street visitor's entrance. This entrance is located to the right and left of the front main steps. The reception will be in the East and West Conference Rooms and the dinner will be held in the Great Hall, followed by the awards presentation in the Courtroom.
Attire: Proper attire for the evening is black tie "preferred." Most gentlemen will be wearing tuxedos. Most ladies will be wearing cocktail dresses or evening gowns.
Transportation: Chartered bus transportation will be available from the Washington Court Hotel. The hotel is located at 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. just a few blocks from the Supreme Court of the United States. Transportation begins at 5:45. Return chartered bus transportation is available following the event in the front of the Supreme Court building.
If you are driving to the Supreme Court, please note that parking is not available at the Court. Street parking is available in the area near the Court, but please be advised that many of the streets immediately adjacent to the Court do not permit parking.
Cameras: Cameras are NOT permitted in the building. There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of the event.