"As to values, I was
taught-and still believe-that a sense of honor is
necessary to personal self-respect; that duty, recognizing an
individual's subordination to community welfare, is as important as
rights; that loyalty, which is based on the trustworthiness of
honorable men, is still a virtue; and that work and self-discipline
are as essential to individual happiness as they are to a viable
society. Indeed, I still believe in patriotism -- not if it is
limited to parades and flag-waving, but because worthy national
goals and aspirations can be realized only through love of country
and a desire to be a responsible citizen."
~United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
History of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn
With the cooperation of our sister Inn in
Richmond, Virginia, the John Marshall American Inn of Court, the
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court was issued American Inn
of Court Charter No. 361 on April 7, 2003. By 2002, the John
Marshall Inn, founded in 1990, was well established with a full and
expanding membership. Leadership of the John Marshall Inn
recognized the possibility for a new Inn in Richmond and also saw
the benefits to the existing Inn of a revised membership mix to
include additional Associates and younger lawyers. Members were
polled to determine their support for sponsoring a new Inn. Nearly
90% favored the idea, and 60% stated they would be willing to
participate as members of a new Inn, if invited to do
Based upon that strong response, an
organizing committee was appointed by Justice Donald W. Lemons,
President of the John Marshall Inn. That group met on April 3,
2003, and agreed to submit a charter application for a second Inn
in Richmond. It was further agreed to extend invitations to 15
Masters, 13 of whom were members of the John Marshall Inn, and to
five Barristers, all from the John Marshall Inn, to be charter
members of the new Inn. Not only did the John Marshall Inn "donate"
some of its members, it provided $1,000 for start-up expenses and
paid some of the expenses for leaders of the new Inn to attend the
AIC Leadership Conference in Philadelphia in May, 2003.
At the organizational meeting of
Masters on April 30, 2003, the new Inn was formed and named in
honor of Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., a Richmond native, who
distinguished himself as a Justice on the United States Supreme
Court, during an accomplished legal career, and as a dedicated
community leader. Additional charter membership invitations were
extended to judges and younger lawyers new to the AIC experience,
resulting in a good balance of senior and junior members in the
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn and a better membership mix and expanded
mentoring opportunities in the John Marshall Inn, a win/win for
The initial officers and Executive
Committee members of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn were the
President - Charles F. Witthoefft
Counselor - Justice Elizabeth B.
Secretary/Treasurer - Stephanie E.
At large members:
Trent S. Kerns
Jack E. McClard
Judge Frederick G. Rockwell
Membership Committee Chair - Brice
Program Committee Chair - J. Tracy
Social Committee Chair - Esther J.
AIC officials noted that this
collaborative formation of a new Inn by members of an existing Inn
was a first in the AIC movement, and might be encouraged in other
settings. In any event, the members of the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn
are indebted to our colleagues and friends at the John Marshall Inn
for their early assistance and support.
Contact the Lewis F. Powell, Jr. Inn
If you are interested in joining the Lewis F. Powell, Jr.
American Inn of Court or have a question, please contact:
Collin Hite, Esq.
4600 Cox Road | Glen Allen, Virginia 23060
(804) 864-3664 | email@example.com
Mr. Hite is the membership chair of our Inn.