Our History and Mission


The Banyard Inn of Court is named in honor of Judge Robert Banyard. Before being appointed to the bench, he was a well-respected and skilled litigator in Orange County who began his legal career as a JAG officer in 1943 and supervised 40 lawyers in the trial unit. This, despite the fact that he was not a lawyer. He then self-studied law and passed the Californnia Bar Exam in 1946. For many years, he tried civil cases in Orange County and became known for his skill, civility, and Professionalism. He was president of the Orange County Bar in 1966 and was appointed to the bench in 1969. During his years on the bench, Robert Banyard earned the reputation of being an extremely successful settlement judge. In a fitting tribute to Robert Banyard, following his death in 1986, this Inn was formed. In the years since his death, the membership of the Banyard Inn has continued to grow steadily with many of the local bench serving as officers and master benchers.


PDF Membership Recommendation

The Banyard Inn of Court is the Orange County California organization affiliated with the American Inns of Court and welcomes you to recommend membership for those who wish to share our mission.

Membership in an Inn of Court requires active participation at our monthly meetings from September through May. Additionally, all members are expected to participate in pupillage teamwork to develop one of the monthly programs.

Should you be interested in joining The Banyard Inn of Court here in Orange County, an active member can complete the application available on this page on your behalf. Please have them take a moment to download and complete the membership recommendation. (Updated 2017-18 PDF).


Please email all completed Membership Recommendations to Sarah Ulibarri at: Sarah.Ulibarri@ffslaw.com  

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