was officially chartered as the I'Anson-Hoffman American Inn of
Court XXVII on May 1, 1987, and held its first regular meeting on
September 14, 1987, in the new Virginia Court of Appeals building
in Norfolk, with William T. Prince as the Charter President.
In the years following, the Inn met in several different venues in
Norfolk and on the Peninsula, rotating among numerous sites. In
1990, the Inn settled in the Virginia Club in Norfolk, where it
remained until 1995, when the Inn moved to the Harbor Club.
In 2006, the Inn moved it's Southside meetings to the Norfolk Yacht
Club, continuing to hold two meetings a year at William & Mary
(the October meeting at the William and Mary School of Law and the
May annual banquet at the Wren Building), and one meeting in
inception of the Inn, these distinguished lawyers and judges have
served as Presidents of the I'Anson-Hoffinan Inn of Court:
- 1987-1989 - William T. Prince, Esq.
- 1989-1991 - Hon. Rebecca Beach Smith
- 1991-1993 - Hon. J. Warren Stephens
- 1993-1995 - John Y. Pearson, Esq.
- 1995-1996 - Hon. Robert G. Doumar
- 1996-1998 - Linda S. Laibstain, Esq.
- 1998-1999 - Morton H. Clark, Esq.
- 1999-2000 - Guilford D. Ware, Esq.
- 2000-2002 - Hon. Raymond A. Jackson
- 2002-2004 - Hon. Wilford Taylor, Jr.
- 2004-2006 - John R. Fletcher, Esq.
- 2006-2008 - Hon. Pamela E. Hutchens
- 2008-1010 - Hon. Rodham T. Delk, Jr.
- 2010-2011 - James L. Chapman, IV, Esq.
- 2011-2012 - Hon. Stephen C. Mahan
- 2012-2013 - Deborah C. Waters, Esq.
- 2013-2014 - Stephen E. Noona, Esq.
- 2014-2015 - Hon. Colleen Kearns
- 2015-2016 - Hon. James C. Lewis
- 2016-2017 - Hon. Douglas E. Miller
very earliest days of the I'Anson-Hoffman Inn, Professor Walter L.
Felton, Jr. served as chief organizer, treasurer, institutional
memory and cheerleader of the Inn. His commitment to the
continued relevancy and success of the Inn, not only for its place
in the Hampton Roads legal community, but especially for the
student members from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law, has been
crucial since its inception and continued to be so until he entered
public service in the Office of the Attorney General and later in
the Office of the Governor of Virginia. In 2002, Professor Felton
was sworn in as a Judge of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.
Professor Felton's influence with the College of William &
Mary, the annual highlight of each year has been the May meeting in
Williamsburg, featuring dinner in the Great Hall of the Wren
Building. Speakers have included legislators, the Attorney General
of Virginia, a former Virginia Bar Association President and
college President, the national president of the American Inns of
Court, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia, as
well as distinguished lawyers in public service.
occasions over the years, September introductory meetings, purely
social in nature, have been hosted at the homes of C. Flippo Hicks,
a former master-member, in Gloucester County, Judge Rebecca Beach
Smith in Deltaville, Judge Rodham T. Delk, Jr., in Smithfield,
Deborah Waters in Suffolk, Steve Noona in Virginia Beach, and Judge
MaryJane Hall in Norfolk.
additional note, over the years several of the William & Mary
law student members have rejoined the Inn as lawyer members after
graduating from law school and obtaining employment in the Hampton