Chief Judge Carl E. Stewart of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals presented the new Barbara Jordan American Inn of Court with its charter at the federal courthouse in Austin on April 14.
Stewart, president of the American Inns of Court Board of Trustees, spoke of the important role that inns of court play to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law, while also preserving the unique character of the American legal system.
“I am so proud that in your inauguration you have taken the time to find how Barbara Jordan so aptly fits what the American Inns of Court stand for,” Stewart said.
A lawyer, Jordan was the first woman elected to the Texas Senate in 1966 and the first African-American woman from the Deep South elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served from 1972 to 1978.
Jordan was famous for her participation in the Watergate hearings in the ’70s and went on to teach at the University of Texas’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs after she retired from Congress.
Accepting the charter from Stewart were Frank A. King, president and co-founder of the new inn of court and an assistant attorney general; Austin Municipal Court Presiding Judge Sherry Statman, president-elect of the inn of court; and Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Boyd, counselor of the inn of court. JoAnn Dalrymple, treasurer and co-founder, could not attend.
Inns of court are associations of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who are dedicated to achieving the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, civility, and skills in the legal field and to fostering mentoring relationships among members.