Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills

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 Sherman Cohn.

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.

History Pic 1

Attorney 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).

History Pic 2

Mike Daigneault, Col Tom Becker, and ADM Don Stumbaugh enjoy the first session of the JAAAIOC.


Past Season Summaries

2015-16 Season:

  • 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 22202.
  • 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.

2014-15 Season:

  • 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 (Location: CUA)
  • 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 School)
  • 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 Veterans Claims)
  • Jun 17, 2015 - "Future of the Inn: Overview of Next Season" (Location: Light Horse Restaurant, Old Town Alexandria, VA)