History of the Inn
The JAAAIOC was founded on May 24, 1993 in Washington, DC as the
207th American Inn of Court. In March of 1992, Colonel
Bill Colwell (then Lieutenant Colonel Colwell) authored an article
titled American Inns of Court-A Borrowed Tradition. The
article described the tradition and value of the American Inns of
Court (AIOC) as a tool that unites a cross-section of the bench and
bar into an educational forum that promotes professionalism in
advocacy, litigation, and ethics. On May 24 of 1993, Colonel
Bill Colwell extended this valuable forum to the Judge Advocates
Association (JAA) by obtaining the
207th AIOC Charter from
Attorney General Janet Reno and American Inns of Court President
Soon after its inauguration, the Judge Advocates of America
American Inns of Court (JAAAIOC) took off at full throttle, quickly
filling its membership roster and uniting a combination of military
judges, professors, judge advocates, academicians, and
students. The Inn has covered the whole spectrum of training
topics since its first meeting on January 25, 1995. Over a
decade later, the JAAAIOC is as strong as ever today, building
camaraderie among the Services' JAG Corps and making significant
contributions to the practice of law.
General Janet Reno (left), and Sherman Cohn, American Inns of Court
President, (center) present the JAA's Inns of Court Charter to Col
Bill Colwell (right).
Daigneault, Col Tom Becker, and ADM Don Stumbaugh enjoy the first
session of the JAAAIOC.
Past Season Summaries
- September 16 @ 18:30 - Season Opener /
Team Announcements; Location: GWU Law
- October 19 @ 19:00 - Team 3 Presentation:
"Friendly Fire"; Location: U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals,
Fort Belvoir, VA; Social beforehand at Fort Belvoir Golf Club
- November 19 @ 19:00 -Team 1 Presentation:
"Al Bahlul v. U.S."; Location: Georgetown University Law Center,
600 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Room TBD); Social:
17:30-18:45 @ Kelly's Irish Times, 14 F St NW,
Washington, DC 20001
- December 16 @ 17:30 - Annual Holiday Social
Event. Highline R&R, 2010 Crystal Drive, Arlington, VA
- February 24 @ 19:00 - Team 4 Presentation:
"Recent and Proposed Changes to the UCMJ"; Location: George
Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW, Washington, DC
20052 (Lerner Hall, LL102); Social: 17:45-18:45 @ Tonic, 2036 G.
St. NW, Washington , DC 20052
- March 23 @ 19:30 - Team 2
Presentation: "The Legaity of Military Responses to Cyber Attacks."
Location: George Washington University Law School, 2000 H St. NW,
Washington, DC 20052 (Lerner Hall, LL102); Social: 17:45-19:30 @
Bertrucci's Restaurant, 2000 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (lower
level), Washington , DC 20006.
- April 18 @ 19:30 - Presentation: "Magna Carta:
What does the Magna Carta mean for America." Location:
George Washington Law School (2013 G St.
NW (Stuart Hall, Room 102), Washington, DC
20052); Social: 17:30-18:45 @ Tonic (2036 G St. NW, Washington, DC 20036).
- May 31 @ 17:00 - End of Season Social Event -
JAAAIOC Executive Committee Wrap-Up and Awarding of the "Cup of
Awesomeness" for Best Program. Vermilion Restaurant, 1120 King
Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
- Nov 20, 2014 - "Overseas Prosecutorial
Development Assistance" feat. Mr. John Beasley, DOJ Office of
Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assitance & Training of the
Criminal Division (Location: GWU Law School)
- Jan 21, 2015 - "JAG to CIV transition &
How to Best Prepare for Success in Your Post-JAG Career" feat.
COL(R) Lawrence J. Morris, General Counsel of Catholic University
- Feb 18, 2015 - "Civility of Legal Practice
& Work/Life Balance as a Military Officer" feat. BG(R) Malinda
Dunn, Executive Director of the American Inns of Court (Location:
GWU Law School)
- Mar 25, 2015 - "The Army's Special Victims'
Counsel Program" feat. COL Jay McKee (Location: GWU Law
- Apr 22, 2015 - U.S. Congress Visit, feat.
Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY) (Location: U.S. Congress)
- May 13, 2015 - "Veterans' Law: A Judicial
Perspective" feat. Chief Judge Bruce E. Kasold, U.S. Court of
Appeals for Veterans Claims (Location: U.S. Court of Appeals for
- Jun 17, 2015 - "Future of the Inn: Overview of
Next Season" (Location: Light Horse Restaurant, Old Town