The James L. Petigru American Inn of Court
Welcome to the James L. Petigru Inn of Court located in
Charleston, South Carolina. This Inn is connected to the
Charleston School of Law.
About the Inn:
On Friday, March 20, 2009, Julianne Farnsworth and Abby Edwards
Saunders met with Judge Alex Sanders to discuss the formation of a
Charleston Inn of Court.
Following the March 20 meeting, Judge Sanders, Ms. Farnsworth,
and Dean Saunders immediately began working with Judge Kristi Lea
Harrington, Attorney Robert Brunson, and Pam Wittman (Director of
Chapter Relations for the Southeast Region) to establish a
Charleston Inn. Their dream quickly became a reality when The
American Inns of Court officially chartered The James L. Petigru
American Inn of Court on July 1, 2009.
The Petigru Inn is comprised of judges, lawyers, and law
students from the Charleston area and meets in Charleston six times
throughout the academic year. Each year, approximately twelve
students from the Charleston School of Law are invited into
membership based on their demonstrated leadership, professionalism,
public service, and academic commitment. All state and
federal judges are invited to participate in the Petigru Inn, and
the remainder of the membership is comprised of a diverse group of
lawyers. The goal of the Petigru Inn is to provide an
atmosphere that fosters collegiality among practicing lawyers and
judges as well as to provide a means of educating our law student
members about the legal profession.
The Petigru Inn hosted its first meeting on October 13, 2009, at
the William Aiken House located at 456 King Street in Charleston,
South Carolina. Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, President of the
Medical University of South Carolina, presented a program on
attorney James L. Petigru and his contributions to justice in South
Carolina. During the first meeting, Ms. Wittman presented the
membership with the ceremonial charter.
Since that first meeting, the Petigru Inn has continued to offer
incredible speakers for its meetings and continues to meet at the
William Aiken House. In February 2011, during the 2010-2011
Academic Year, Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal spoke to the
members. The School of Law hosted a dinner for the Inn of
Court students with Chief Justice Toal following her
On September 19, 2011, Virginia Supreme Court Justice and
President of the American Inns of Court, Justice Donald W. Lemons,
spoke to the members of the Petigru Inn. He also presented
the ceremonial charter to the Sir Frances Drake Admiralty Inn of
Court in Charleston.
The Petigru Inn provides CLE credit for its eligible members as
a benefit of membership. Additionally, judges and attorneys
provide numerous mentoring opportunities for the newer attorneys
and law students.