History of the William J. Holloway Inn of
From its inception, the William J.
Holloway, Jr. American Inn of Court has been affiliated with the Oklahoma City University School of
Law. United States District Judge Layn R. Phillips, an
active member of the Luther L. Bohanon American Inn of Court of
Oklahoma City, taught as an adjunct professor at the Oklahoma City
University School of Law. Judge Phillips' experience at the OCU
School of Law proved pivotal in the formation of the William J.
Holloway, Jr. Inn. Because of Judge Phillips positive impression of
the OCU School of Law, he believed it would be advantageous for the
Oklahoma City legal community to form an Inn of Court to be
affiliated with OCU's School of Law.
Judge Phillips discussed his idea with the OCU Law Dean, Stuart
B. Strasner, and judges and leading lawyers in the community. Judge
Phillips envisioned an Inn which would have participation not only
from the bench but also from the bar. He thought the Master of the
Bench membership of the Inn should consist of outstanding lawyers
with diverse practice areas from both the defense and plaintiff
bars and judges from trial and appellate courts. The Inn would
facilitate the integration of law students and young attorneys in
the profession and focus on instilling the highest ethical
principles and civility among lawyers.
Support for the formation of the OCU Inn was overwhelming.
Members of the Luther L. Bohanon Inn assisted in the planning of
the William J. Holloway, Jr. Inn. In the early fall of 1989, the
American Board of Trial Advocates with Duke Halley as President
presented Judge Phillips with seed funding in the amount of $2,000
to assist in formation of the Inn. In late December of 1989, an
Executive Committee was formed with Judge Phillips as chair. The
tasks of the Executive Committee were to issue membership
invitations, decide program topics, make assignments, and provide
leadership for the Inn.
On January 30, 1990, the Executive committee held its initial
formal meeting and established an Invitation and Membership
Committee, a Program Committee, and a Budget and Entertainment
committee. At that meeting Judge Phillips was authorized to travel
to Washington, D.C. to attend the Sixth Annual Meeting of the
American Inn of Court Foundation where he received the formal
charter of the Inn from President Sherman L. Cohn. Accordingly, on
June 1, 1990, Judge Phillips accepted the formal charter for the
American Inn of Court CV. Later, by a vote of the membership, the
name of the Inn was formally changed to the William J. Holloway,
Jr. American Inn of Court in honor of Judge William J. Holloway,
Jr. of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
About Judge Holloway
William J. Holloway, Jr. was born in Hugo, Oklahoma, in 1923. He
is the son of the late Governor and Mrs. William J. Holloway.
Judge Holloway's family moved to Oklahoma City in 1927, where he
received his elementary education in the Oklahoma
City public schools, graduating from Classen High School in 1941.
He attended the University of Oklahoma for two years before World
War II and for one year after serving in the United States Army,
receiving his B.A. from the University in 1947. He received his
LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1950.
After being in general practice with his father and uncle in
Oklahoma City, he served as an attorney in the Department of
Justice in Washington, D.C., in 1951 and 1952. He then returned to
general practice in Oklahoma City until his appointment by
President Johnson as a United States Circuit Judge of the Tenth
Circuit on September 16, 1968. He served as Chief Judge of the
Tenth Circuit from September 1984 until September 1991. In 1988,
Judge Holloway received the President's Award from the Oklahoma Bar
Association for his twenty years of judicial service. In 1991, he
received the Humanitarian Award from the Oklahoma City Region of
the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In August 1991, the
Oklahoma City University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws
Degree on Judge Holloway.
Judge Holloway married Helen Hoehn, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William F. Hoehn of Enid, Oklahoma, in 1963. The have a son,
William J. Holloway III, and a daughter, Eleanor Gentry Holloway.
Judge Holloway is a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church of
Oklahoma City, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, the American Law
Institute, and the American, Oklahoma, Oklahoma County, and Federal