The Thompson G. Marsh American Inn of Court
About the Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court
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
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
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
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
Thompson G. Marsh Inn of Court Resources