On April 3, 2019 senior partner Vern Schooley acted as keynote speaker at the Santa Barbara William L Gordon Inn of Court Meeting held at the delightful University Club.
To promote its recruiting and promotional efforts, the Santa Barbara AIC joined with the Santa Barbara Bar Association featuring Fulwider Patton partner, Vern Schooley ,as keynote speaker to address the membership and invited guests. Vern was introduced by the president of the Santa Barbara William L Gordon Inn, Judge Colleen Sterne, an Western Region Director of Chapter Relations, Caryn Worcester describing his nearly 3 decades of work with the AIC and recognized for his accomplishments as founding president of two different inns, work on the National AIC Board of Governors and facilitating the ongoing operation of the Long Beach Ball/Hunt/Schooley general Inn and LA Michel IP Inn. Vern spoke of the ideals of the American Inns of Court in promoting civility , professionalism and excellence in the practice of law He encouraged membership and participation, bringing out the rewards of supporting what he called a “Noble Profession” Vern pointed out the unique contributions to the profession in mentoring younger attorneys as recognized in appreciation by the judiciary . He noted some of the rewards flowing from active membership included, working with the CAFC judges and meeting with various ones of the justices of the US Supreme Court and California Supreme Court to encourage civility and professionalism in the practice. He mentioned specifically encouraging words and support from the judiciary, including CAFC Judge , Hon Richard Linn, Linn Inn Alliance , Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Hon. Tani-Cantil Sakayue, and US Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Conner, Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsberg Vern has long held local , state and national leadership roles in the AIC to further its goals of promoting civility and excellence in the practice , having been selected in 2014 for the coveted A. Sherman Christiansen Award, presented in the U.S. supreme Court