Who We Are - What We Do

The International Society of Barristers was formed to recognize each era’s best advocates that they might join together to support these common goals:

  • Retaining trial by jury in litigated matters;
     
  • Improving advocacy under an adversary system;
     
  • Recognizing advocacy as a distinct specialty, with the creation of proper standards for those holding themselves out as advocates;
     
  • Abolishing animosity between counsel representing plaintiffs and defendants, replacing it with a recognition that all trial lawyers are advocates fully representing the rights of all clients;
     
  • Encouraging and demanding ethical conduct by all involved in litigation – parties, witnesses, counsel and judges;
     
  • Insisting that clients be represented by independent counsel owing their allegiance to the client; and
     
  • Protecting the rights of citizens, the independence of the judiciary and the integrity of the Bar.

Membership is by invitation only which is proceeded by a rigorous screening process that considers the lawyer’s ability, experience, accomplishments and ethical standards as assessed by trial lawyers and judges.

The Society holds an annual meeting and publishes a quarterly journal of topics covered at the meeting and otherwise of interest to its members. Through the International Society of Barristers Foundation, the Society supports the work of other organizations whose endeavors are consistent with the Society’s goals.

For further information about the Society, contact its Administrative Secretary, Professor Donald Beskind at Duke University School of Law.

News of Note

We just received the sad news that Alex Newton, our esteemed Past President, died at age 85.  Alex was President in 1979.  After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, Alex spent his entire career with Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton in Birmingham, Alabama primarily representing plaintiffs in tort litigation.  Alex's full obituary is at here.  He is survived by Sue, his wife of 63 years, two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Contributions may be made to the Children's Fresh Air Farm in care of Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama, 35205.  For those who want to reach out to Sue, her address is 2837 Canoe Brook Lane, Birmingham, Alabama 35243.

Congratulations to Illinois Fellow Michael Pope who received the Advancement of Justice Award from The National Judicial College  on October 15, 2015.  The award goes to “those who have demonstrated dedication to improving skills of the judiciary in advancing justice.”  For more information: http://www.judges.org/the-njc-honors-two-prominent-chicagoans-with-advancement-of-justice-award/

We sadly note the death of Dave Nixon at 82 on November 1, 2014.  Dave was a New Hampshire Fellow and past president who, despite his illness, was with us at the recent Board meeting in South Carolina.  Mike Kelly had it right, "A very very good guy, a proud Past President, terrific lawyer, advocate for the little guy and protector of the jury trial."   Look for a marveolous exchange of letters between Dave and a big city lawyer in the upcoming Quarterly.  For more about Dave's life, see the piece from the New Hampshire Union Leader .

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Our Charitable Foundation

The International Society of Barristers Foundation, was created in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, and exists to support the same ideals as the ISOB, trial by jury, the adversary system and independent judiciary. The Foundation receives tax-deductible contributions, often in honor or in memory of named individuals, and makes grants in support of the Foundation's purposes. Because the ISOB pays all administrative costs of the Foundation, 100% of all donations are available to be distributed in the form of grants.
 

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Our Quarterly Journal

Click here to see the available digital versions of past issues of our Quarterly.    We are in the process of scanning all 50 years of the Journal and additional scanned volumes will be added as they become available.