Fostering Excellence in Professionalism, Ethics, Civility, and Legal Skills
The Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court

The Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court

About the Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court2016 Platinum

The Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court is a professional association of attorneys devoted to supporting excellence, civility, professionalism and ethics in the practice of law. The Marsh Inn is patterned after, and enjoys kinship with, the English Inns of Court. The English Inns and the Marsh Inn, while different from each other in detail, share professional ideals, standards, and a pride in advocacy, and attempt to engender these concepts as part of our common legal heritage.

The members of the Marsh Inn meet for dinner and a presentation once per month from September through May, and once in the summer for a social event. The monthly dinner presentation may be on a subject related to legal practice, with special focus on improving legal skills; promoting civility, professionalism and ethical behavior in the practice of law; sharing insights into the judicial process; and exploring the role of attorneys in society.

The Marsh Inn is subdivided into small Groups. Each Group comprises members from varying levels of practice, headed by a Group leader, pursuant to the Marsh Inn's Guidelines. Responsibility for the monthly presentation and the summer social event rotates through each Group as provided in the Guidelines and determined by the Marsh Inn's Executive Committee. After each presentation, all Inn members are welcomed to offer criticisms and discuss the presentation.

The Marsh Inn supports the larger American Inns of Court movement, and operates within the framework of that national organization. The Inn also supports and cooperates with other Colorado Inns of Court to achieve their common goals.

About Professor Marsh

Born in Lacon, Illinois on March 15, 1903, Thompson Marsh moved to Denver with his family in 1912 on account of his father's asthma. He received his BA (1924) and his JD (1927) from the University of Denver. He then received his LLM from Northwestern(1931), and his JSD from Yale (1935).

Professor Marsh was one of the most colorful and respected faculty members in the history of the University of Denver College of Law. He started at the University of Denver law school as the youngest professor in the country and retired 60 years later as the oldest. And on his retirement, he said, "I think I did just what I wanted to all my life."

Thompson's legal specialties and areas of emphasis at the University of Denver law school included property and mining law, future interests, legal philosophy, Hohfeldian analysis, and analytical jurisprudence.

He was demanding of himself and his students. His techniques sharpened student's analytical skills, and included the now infamous red, green, blue and black "technicolor" method of case analysis. He earned the recognition of his colleagues (1964 University Lecturer), the alumni (1978 Law Alumni Award, 1984 Evans Award), and the students (seven-time recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award).

Other awards he received included: the Charles W. Delaney, Jr., Professor of Law award, 1971, Thompson G. Marsh Chair, 1978, Doctorate of Humane Letters Honorary Degree, University of Denver College of Law, 1987, Award of Merit, Colorado Bar Association, 1985, and Professor Emeritus, 1987.

Dean Emeritus Daniel S. Hoffman was quoted in his memorial: "Thompson above all thought disciplined thinking."

The New York Times, in reporting his death in 1992, emphasized that his classes influenced at least 4,000 lawyers who have practiced in and around the Denver area.

Although he loved teaching law, Thompson Marsh also found time to fill his life with many other interests. He was an expert bird-watcher, having a life-list of over 800 species. He was ranked first in Colorado and within the top 20 nationally, and was known to travel long distances on short notice to view a species he hadn't seen yet.

In addition to being an avid bird-watcher, Thompson Marsh had a love for mountaineering. In the course of his lifetime, he and his wife Susan climbed all 54 of Colorado's fourteen thousand foot peaks. He climbed his first fourteener, Mount Evans, before there was a road giving a clear way up it.

Thompson was also an amateur cellist and a lover of music. He and his wife, who played viola for years in the Denver Symphony Orchestra, formed a family chamber music group composed of the elder Marshes and their four daughters.

He also had a love of figure skating, which he often practiced with his wife on his backyard ice-rink.

He and his wife Susan were married in 1935, and they had four daughters, Nancy, Alice, Lucy, and Mary.

Joining the Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court

If you are interested in joining the Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court, please download the New Member Application Form below, and email the completed application to the Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court Secretary by clicking the "Officers" link to the left.

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