Bedell Inn of Court applications due by April 19

The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court seeks benchers, barristers and associates.

  • By Max Marbut
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The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court is accepting applications for membership for the 2024-25 Inn year.

Visit to download the application form. The submission deadline is April 19.

Members may serve as associates (lawyers with zero to five years’ experience) for a two-year term, barristers (lawyers with more than five and up to 15 years’ experience) for a three-year term or benchers (more than 15 years’ experience) with no term limitation.

The American Inns of Court inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by advocating for professionalism through example, education and mentoring.

The Bedell Inn was named after Jacksonville attorney Chester Bedell (1904-81), a trial lawyer for 57 years.

In 1977, he was awarded the annual American Bar Foundation Service Award. In presenting the award, ABA President Chesterfield Smith said that if the members of The Florida Bar were to cast a secret ballot, Chester Bedell would be the overwhelming choice as the best trial lawyer and the most gracious and ethical gentleman who practiced law in Florida.

Bedell’s memory and legacy is preserved through the Chester Bedell Memorial Foundation, The Chester Bedell American Inn of Court, the Chester Bedell Mock Trial Competition (sponsored by The Florida Bar) and the Bedell Building Downtown.

Contact Membership Chair Courtney Grimm at Courtney.[email protected] or 904-269-6303 with any questions.



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