“Whatever their contribution to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein.”

Where can you have a great meal at a wonderful country club, earn CEB credits and mingle with some of the finest lawyers and judges we have here in Ventura County? Ventura County’s Jerome H. Berenson American Inn of Court is a professional organization of about 80 members of the county bar and bench. We are dedicated to advancing competence, civility and camaraderie through our eight monthly meetings a year at Saticoy County Club.

We form eight teams, each of which write and perform an entertaining skit that highlights a legal issue through creativity and good acting. We’ve had Galileo tried (and convicted) under modern evidence law; we’ve had the trial of Lincoln’s assassins; the legal fight over the estate brought by the heirs of Socrates and we’ve had all sorts of small plays that presented with music and with great talent, including Judge Walsh in a judicial wig as a judge in 1765 deciding the first freedom of the press case in America.

It is wonderful fun with the opportunity to become acquainted as friends and mentors with many senior members of the bar and several judges who enjoy the experience with the appropriate glass of wine.

If this professional experience appeals to you, please call Steve Henderson at the Ventura County Bar Association for more information or see the flyer inside this edition of Citations. Our first meeting for the new year will be on September 26th.

Lindsay F. Nielson is President of the Jerome H. Berenson American Inn of Court and a Ventura-based attorney in private practice.

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