Mission and Purpose
Membership in the International Society of Barristers is extended to advocates of exceptional talent whose qualities including integrity, honor, and collegiality embody the spirit of the true professional. Membership is by invitation only after rigorous screening process involving lawyers and judges to identify trial lawyers who meet its standards. The Society nurtures excellence and professionalism in advocacy by its recognition of members’ achievements and providing an opportunity for them, and their spouses and guests, to meet and find renewal of spirit in the company of others who have traveled on a similar road. Its annual convention combines presentations extraordinary in both their quality and diversity, including topics drawn from the arts, politics, science, and other areas of interest to lawyer and non-lawyer alike with a broad range of social and recreational activities. Barristers have no rank or privilege among them and gather annually to renew old friendships and to make new ones. The Society 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 support of excellence and advocacy under the adversarial system.