The William W. Lipsitt American Inn Of Court

Dauphin County Bar Association

The William W. Lipsitt American Inn of Court was founded in 2011. It is named in honor of Judge William Lipsitt, a judge of the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas from 1965-1986 and a senior judge until his 85th birthday in 2002. During his tenure, he presided over several noteworthy trials, including the “666 Pennsylvania Lottery” fixing trial, the Jay Smith murder trial and some of the earliest litigation involving the Three Mile Island nuclear incident in 1979. His good humor, fairness and patience with the litigants and counsel who appeared before him was well-known and respected.

In recognition of Judge Lipsitt’s legacy, the Inn has a litigation focus and is comprised of approximately 75 members of the local bar and federal and Commonwealth judiciary. Each year, the Inn also invites law students in their final year of study at both Widener Law School and the Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law as members.

The Inn is a member of the American Inns of Court and has been so since its inception. The Inn’s ‘year’ runs from September to May with meetings generally on the second Monday of each month (excluding December) at the Dauphin County Bar Association Building at 213 North Front Street in Harrisburg.

A social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. is followed by an approximately hour program. Members who attend all the presentations earn 8 hours of CLE credit.  

Membership in the Inn is by invitation. Applicants are generally considered for membership in March-May of each year. If you are interested in membership, please contact the Secretary of the Lipsitt Inn of Court listed below for an application and information on how to apply.

Adam M. Shienvold