Celebrating 23 Years of Historic Trial Presentations

JAMES C. CAWOOD, JR. INN OF COURT

 

In 1998, Judge James C. Cawood, Jr., our namesake, began the tradition of presenting lively re-enactments of historical trials, presented in Walter Cronkite's "And You Were There" format.  Although Judge Cawood passed away in 2007, we have proudly carried on this tradition. 

Our Inn's annual Historic Trial Presentation each April remains an extremely well-attended event, drawing many guests from the local legal community.

Our April 2022 presentation of The Trials of Lenny Bruce (1964) will be our 23rd annual Historic Trial Presentation.

 

For a handout of all of our Historic Trial Presentations to date:

James C. Cawood, Jr. Inn of Court: Historic Trials 1998-2022

 

OUR HISTORIC TRIAL PRESENTATIONS TO DATE:

1998 – Samuel Mudd, 1865

1999 – Daniel Sickles, 1859 (1st use of temp insanity)

2000 – Lizzie Borden, 1893

2001 – Sam Sheppard, 1954 & 1966

2002 – Lindberg Baby Trial, 1935

2004 – Sacco & Vansetti, 1921

2005 – Korematsu v U.S., 1944 & 1984

2006 – Trial of General Billy Mitchell, 1925

2007 – Andersonville Prison, Trial of Confederate Commandant Henry Wirz

2008 – Black Sox Trial, 1921

2009 – Alger Hiss, 1949-50

2010 – U.S. v Shipp, 1907-09

2011 – Lincoln Conspiracy Trial, 1865

2012 – Impeachment Trial of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase, 1804-05

2013 – Catonsville 9 Trial, 1968

2014 – Pentagon Papers Trial, 1971-73

2015 – Trial of Wyatt Earp (O.K. Corral), 1881

2016 – Andrew Johnson Impeachment Trial, 1868

2017 – Scopes Trial, 1925

2018 – Trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, 1951

2019 – Trial of John Peter Zenger, 1735 (history of free speech/press over 300 years to age of social media)

2020 – COVID (no presentation – McMartin rescheduled for 2021)

2021 – The McMartin Preschool Sexual Abuse Trials, 1983-90 (incorporating Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692)

2022 – The Trials of Lenny Bruce (1964) (history/development of obscenity law)