Kathy Evans, President of the Marion County Bar Association,
Tom Elden, CLE Chair, Hon.
Steven S. Trott, Mike McClinton, President of the Inn, and Dan
Ritter, Historian of the Inn
at first meeting September 17, 1992
Willamette Valley American Inn of Court was the idea of
Chief Justice Ed Peterson and was begun by Judge Greg
West, Mike McClinton, Don
McCann and Kathy Evans. The American Inns of Court Bencher article
from May 1993 describes our first meeting September 17, 1992. The
one page outline is from that first program presented by Chief
Justice Peterson's team. It was called "The Clash of the Titans"
Tom Elden's friend Judge Trott from the Ninth Circuit was in town
to do a CLE for the Marion County Bar and helped MCBA raise a lot
of money at a time MCBA really needed funds. It was by chance the
same day as the very first Inn meeting and we were able to work him
into the program.
Chief Justice Carson's team got recognition for a program in the
January/Feb 1999 Bencher. Part of the submission of the program to
the American Inns of Court is included. This April 16, 1998 program
won an award as one of the best programs in the country and was the
first such award given to a Willamette Valley American Inn of Court
- Tom Elden
Willamette Valley Inn Historical Documents