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

Mary Jo Lancione
Mary died on February 26, 2017.  She was the wife of our Past President, John Lancione of Cleveland, Ohio.  We send our condolences to Past President John Lancione and their extended family.  The family's request in lieu of flowers was for donations to Cure PSP, Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Disorders (www.curepsp.org) or to Immaculate Conception Parish School, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton 43452 (c/o Father John).
Congratulations to David Brown
David received a special award from the Iowa State Bar Association. He was awarded the “Keeper of the Flame” award. The award was given in recognition of Brown’s tireless, persistent, and remarkable efforts on behalf of the bar and the legal profession. “He has a commitment to the practice of law like few others. David is a true advocate for the rule of law and the vital work lawyers provide,” says Guy Cook,  outgoing president of ISBA. “He is a genuine friend to lawyers and judges everywhere. David’s selfless concern for the past and future generations of lawyers and traditions of the legal profession is unmatched, hence he was recognized as the “keeper of the flame.”

Congratulations to Francis M. Wickstrom 

The Barristers congratulate Utah Fellow, Francis M. Wickstrom on his recent election as President-Elect of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mike Bromberg, the Society’s President in 2000, passed away on April 30th at age 81.  We send our condolences to his wife, Lisa, and their family.  Mike graduated from Yale University and Columbia University Law School and was a founding principal of Porzio, Bromberg and Newman in Morristown, New Jersey.  As befits Mike, a “Celebration de la Vie” will be held for family, friends and colleagues on Tuesday, May 10 at Porzio, Bromberg and Newman, 100 Southgate Parkway, Morristown, New Jersey from 4:30 to 7:30 with remembrances starting at 5:30.  Donations in his memory may be made at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research michaeljfox.org or to The Palliative Care Team at Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey.

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.


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.