Dean Walsh Elected Vice-President of American Inns of Court

At the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando May 18, Wake Forest University School of Law Dean Robert K. Walsh was elected to serve a two-year term as Vice President of the American Inns of Court Foundation.  Chief Judge Deanell Tacha of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, headquartered in Denver, Colorado, was reelected President of the Foundation.


The American Inns of Court were begun in 1980 at the instigation of then Chief Justice Warren Burger and are modeled after the English Inns of Court.  There are now approximately 350 local Inns of Court around the country with an active membership of nearly 25,000 judges and lawyers with another 60,000 alumni of an Inn.  The American Inns of Court Foundation serves as the national hub for communication among the nation’s Inns, aids the establishment of new local Inns, and provides support for services and programs for Inns.  Each local Inn has periodic, usually monthly, meetings where senior lawyers and judges act as mentors in ethics and professionalism for young lawyers and law students.  Dean Walsh instigated the establishment of the Chief Justice Joseph Branch Inn of Court at Wake Forest School of Law in 1990.  The Branch Inn currently has 150 members.


Dean Walsh was also recently reelected to serve as a Board member on two other national legal organizations: the National Association of Law Placement Foundation (NALP) and the ABA’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI).