The James C. Cawood Jr. American Inns of Court
Headquartered in Annapolis, capital of Maryland on
the Chesapeake Bay, the members of the James C. Cawood,
Jr. American Inn of Court come together to pursue professional
development, ethical inquiry, collegial relations and a good time.
Being the "home" inn to the state capital, our chapter has
historically sponsored joint meetings with other American Inns of
Court in Maryland.
The Inn's history began in the late 1980's when the first
Annapolis Inn was formed. Named after William Paca, a Maryland
delegate to the Continental Congress and early Chief Justice of
Maryland. The rapid growth of the Inn raised concerns by 1990 that
its size was making it unwieldy. Spearheaded by then-Circuit Court
Judge James C. Cawood, Jr., a second Annapolis Inn began, named
after Margaret Brent, the first woman in North American Colonies to
act as an attorney before a court of the Common Law.
By 1993, the members of the two inns agreed that one
all-inclusive inn would be preferable, so they merged, creating the
Throughout the Inns' history, one constant presence and
motivating force was Judge Cawood. Not only did he exemplify the
qualities that the Inns of Court was formed to cultivate, but he
brought to the undertaking a joy and bonhomie. Throughout the years
in which he participated, the highlight of the year was the meeting
featuring the re-enactments of historical trials directed by the
When Judge Cawood passed away in 2007, the members joined
together to pay tribute to a man who had such an influence on them
by re-naming the group in his name.
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