Inns of Court
The American Inns of Court, America’s oldest, largest, and fastest-growing legal mentoring organization, is firmly rooted in the noble 800-year-old tradition of the Inns of Court in England.
For over twenty years, American Inns of Court have provided judges, lawyers, and law students an opportunity to participate actively in developing a deeper sense of professionalism, achieving higher levels of excellence, and furthering the practice of law with dignity and integrity.
Regular local meetings of American Inns of Court provide a collegial atmosphere that encourages networking between all members, mentoring and skills development, and the exchange of concepts, ideas, and techniques.
The goal of the American Inns of Court is to raise the standard of the legal profession. Outside the courtroom and formal training, veteran, seasoned professionals can share their wisdom and insight with less-experienced practitioners, individually or in small groups. Focused on the development of skills, Inn programs provide creative, practical, and interactive instruction in all areas of legal practice. By participating in these programs, members gain the double benefits of teaching as well as learning.
As a member of the American Inns of Court, you will join with local judges and lawyers dedicated to restoring the nobility and ideals of the legal profession in a hands-on, practical way — and you will be part of over 23,000 like-minded professionals nationwide who proudly realize the rewards and benefits of membership and enjoy the support that a strong, national organization provides.
Through membership in the American Inns of Court, you can make a lasting contribution to preserving an ethical, civil, and professional bench and bar for future generations.
Available Memberships Through OCU Law
Contact: Professor Michael Mitchelson or (405) 208-5182
The Robert J. Turner American Inn of Court is an Oklahoma City association of federal and state judges, master lawyers, less experienced lawyers, students, and law professors modeled after the English Inns of Court who together constitute a chapter of the national American Inns of Court organization.
The American Inns of Court concept was the product of a discussion in the late 1970’s among the United States’ members of the Anglo-American exchange of lawyers and judges, including Chief Justice Warren E. Burger and Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit J. Clifford Wallace. Chief Justice Burger subsequently invited Rex E. Lee (then Dean of the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and later United States Solicitor General), Dallin Oaks (then president of Brigham Young University, and later Justice of the Utah Supreme Court) to test the idea.
The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills for judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of law in order to perfect the quality, availability, and efficiency of justice in the United States.
- Promote, establish, and charter American Inns of Court throughout the United States.
- Help ensure the vitality and continuity of local Inns.
- Facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences, and ongoing education among members of American Inns of Court, thereby maintaining an institutional forum where judges, lawyers, academicians, and students of law, working together, may pursue the highest goals of the legal profession.
- Shape a culture of excellence in American jurisprudence by promoting a national commitment to civility, ethics, advocacy skills, and professionalism in the practice of law, by communicating these ideals to the nation and the world, and by transmitting these values from one generation to the next.
- Establish organizational credibility, visibility, and long-term stability for the American Inns of Court.
Contact: Jennifer Prilliman or (405) 208-5174
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg American Inn of Court is accepting applications for Pupil Membership. In order to apply for membership, one must be a 3L day or 4L evening student. Applicants should be able to attend one evening meeting a month (usually the third Wednesday of the month).
OCU student application (.pdf)
In mid-1995, Gloria Bates attended the annual National Conference of the American Inns of Court in San Francisco. Immediately afterward, she received permission from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to found an Inn in her name. Gloria formed a steering committee of judges and lawyers who shared her enthusiasm, and once membership and programs were in place, meetings began in September 1995.
Gloria devoted a lot of time to the development and growth of the Ginsburg Inn: from attracting members who embrace Inn ideals to forming committees, helping plan the first programs, and overseeing a multitude of organizational details. Her experiences as a federal law clerk, attorney, judge, and adjunct law school professor greatly complemented her service and contributions as Founder and President during our Inn’s first two years.
Gloria believes that diverse membership helps promote the Inn ideals of professionalism and ethics by providing an exchange of different ideas and experiences. On that basis, Gloria worked to ensure that our Inn includes members from different segments of the legal community, as well as from different areas such as Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Garvin, Kingfisher, and Pottawatomie counties.
The Ginsburg American Inn of Court is divided into six pupillage teams, each proportionately composed of judges, experienced lawyers, young attorneys, law professors, and third-year law students. Each team prepares and presents one program during the term (September through May) for which one hour of CLE credit may be given, if the program complies with MCLE requirements. Programs deal with important issues facing members of the legal profession and contribute to improving professionalism, civility, and ethics of the legal community.
About Justice Ginsburg
American Inn of Court Number 30249 is named for the Honorable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the 107th Justice and the second woman in history to serve on the United States Supreme Court.
Born March 15, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1954. Justice Ginsburg and her husband lived in Oklahoma from 1954 to 1956 while he served in the military. In 1956, she entered Harvard Law School, one of only nine women in a class of over 500 students. Two years later when her husband graduated from Harvard Law School and took a job with a New York law firm, she transferred to Columbia University Law School for her final year. Upon graduating, she clerked two years for Edmund L. Palmieri, a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, then joined Columbia Law School’s Project on International Procedure. After two years, she joined the law faculty at Rutgers University Law School in New Jersey.
In 1972, Justice Ginsburg accepted a tenured professorship at Columbia University Law School. At the same time, she became actively involved with the ACLU Women’s Rights Project, researching and arguing equal rights cases. A strong supporter of equal rights, she represented women and men on equality issues. For example, in Craig v. Boren, 429 U.S. 190, 97 S.Ct. 451, 50 L.Ed.2d 397 (1976), she successfully represented a man claiming discrimination under an Oklahoma statute that allowed women to buy 3.2 beer at age 18 while men had to be 21. The winning plaintiffs were a young man who wanted to buy beer and a female convenience store owner who wanted to sell her wares without discriminating against male purchasers. The United States Supreme Court ruled in Ginsburg’s favor five of the six times she argued before it.
In 1980 Justice Ginsburg became a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She was nominated for the United States Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been married to Martin Ginsburg since 1954. They have two grown children, Jane and James, and four grandchildren.
Contact: Professor Emeritus Daniel Morgan or (405) 208-5190
From its inception, the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court has been affiliated with the Oklahoma City University School of Law. United States District Judge Layn R. Phillips, an active member of the Luther L. Bohanon American Inn of Court of Oklahoma City, taught as an adjunct professor at the OCU Law. Judge Phillips’ experience at the OCU Law proved pivotal in the formation of the William J. Holloway, Jr. Inn. Because of Judge Phillips’ positive impression of the OCU School of Law, he believed it would be advantageous for the Oklahoma City legal community to form an Inn of Court to be affiliated with OCU Law.
Judge Phillips discussed his idea with the OCU Law Dean, Stuart B. Strasner, and judges and leading lawyers in the community. Judge Phillips envisioned an Inn which would have participation not only from the bench but also from the bar. He thought the Master of the Bench membership of the Inn should consist of outstanding lawyers with diverse practice areas from both the defense and plaintiff bars and judges from trial and appellate courts. The Inn would facilitate the integration of law students and young attorneys in the profession and focus on instilling the highest ethical principles and civility among lawyers.
Support for the formation of the OCU Law Inn was overwhelming. Members of the Luther L. Bohanon Inn assisted in the planning of the William J. Holloway, Jr. Inn. In the early fall of 1989, the American Board of Trial Advocates, with Duke Halley as President, presented Judge Phillips with seed funding in the amount of $2,000 to assist in formation of the Inn. In late December of 1989, an Executive Committee was formed with Judge Phillips as chair. The tasks of the Executive Committee were to issue membership invitations, decide program topics, make assignments, and provide leadership for the Inn.
On January 30, 1990, the Executive committee held its initial formal meeting and established an Invitation and Membership Committee, a Program Committee, and a Budget and Entertainment Committee. At that meeting Judge Phillips was authorized to travel to Washington, D.C. to attend the Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Inn of Court Foundation where he received the formal charter of the Inn from President Sherman L. Cohn. Accordingly, on June 1, 1990, Judge Phillips accepted the formal charter for the American Inn of Court CV. Later, by a vote of the membership, the name of the Inn was formally changed to the William J. Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court in honor of Judge William J. Holloway, Jr. of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
About Judge Holloway
William J. Holloway, Jr. was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, in 1923. He is the son of the late Governor and Mrs. William J. Holloway. Judge Holloway’s family moved to Oklahoma City in 1927, where he received his elementary education from Oklahoma City Public Schools, graduating from Classen High School in 1941. He attended the University of Oklahoma for two years before World War II and for one year after serving in the United States Army, receiving his B.A. from the University in 1947. He received his LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1950.
After being in general practice with his father and uncle in Oklahoma City, he served as an attorney in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., in 1951 and 1952. He then returned to general practice in Oklahoma City until his appointment by President Johnson as a United States Circuit Judge of the Tenth Circuit on September 16, 1968. He served as Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit from September 1984 until September 1991. In 1988, Judge Holloway received the President’s Award from the Oklahoma Bar Association for his twenty years of judicial service. In 1991, he received the Humanitarian Award from the Oklahoma City Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In August 1991, the Oklahoma City University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree on Judge Holloway.
Judge Holloway married Helen Hoehn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William F. Hoehn of Enid, Oklahoma, in 1963. The have a son, William J. Holloway III, and a daughter, Eleanor Gentry Holloway. Judge Holloway is a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, the American Law Institute, and the American, Oklahoma, Oklahoma County, and Federal Bar Associations.