Former Dean Walsh Elected President of The American Inns of Court

The American Inns of Court Foundation, America’s oldest, largest, and fastest growing mentoring organization, elected a new president at its Board of Trustees meeting held in Fort Worth Texas on May 17th. 

The Board elected Dean Emeritus Robert K. Walsh of Wake Forest School of Law as President for a two year term.  Dean Walsh, formerly Vice President, succeeds Chief Judge Deanell Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  Since 1996, Dean Walsh is the first President who is not a judge.

Dean Walsh was the dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law from 1989 to 2007. He continues teaching there as a Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus.

Within the state, Dean Walsh has chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Bench, Bar and Law School Liaison Committee and was a vice president of the North Carolina Bar Association and a member of its Board of Governors. He also was a founding member of the North Carolina Chief Justice’s Professionalism Commission.

Nationally, Dean Walsh has been the chairperson of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. This Council is the nationally recognized accrediting authority for law, as well as the governing committee for all ABA activities dealing with legal education and bar admission matters. He has chaired both the two major committees of the Section, the Accreditation Committee and the Standards Review Committee. As Chair of the Standards Review Committee for several years, Dean Walsh was responsible for a multiyear project to review and entirely redraft the Standards and Interpretations for the approval of law schools for the first time since 1973.

The Board also elected the Honorable Donald W. Lemons of the Supreme Court of Virginia to serve as Vice President.  The new Secretary is Seth Goldberg, a partner with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, D.C.  The new Treasurer is Frank Petro, Esq., head of the Workers Compensation Department of the firm of Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo Warrington, in Northfield, New Jersey.

The American Inns of Court, which seeks to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility and legal skills, includes more than 25,000 federal, state, and local judges, lawyers, law professors, and law students in some 350 chapters across the United States.  Additionally, there are over 80,000 alumni members.  Foundation offices are located in Alexandria, Virginia.