The American Inns of Court is an association of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals from all levels and backgrounds who share a passion for professional excellence. Through regular meetings, members are able to build and strengthen professional relationships; discuss fundamental concerns about professionalism and pressing legal issues of the day; share experiences and advice; exhort the utmost passion and dedication for the law; provide mentoring opportunities; and advance the highest levels of integrity, ethics, and civility. Our Inns have gained a national and international reputation as an organization that bridges the gap between formal law school education and legal practice by offering career-long continuing education in the Common Law tradition.
This uniquely non-partisan association encourages meaningful mentoring relationships. We are one of the very few legal organizations that involve the whole spectrum of the profession: from law students to supreme court justices; every level of federal and state judges, small firms to large firms; legal educators to law students. All have the opportunity to learn and grow without limit.
Membership is divided into "pupillage teams," with each team consisting of a few members from each membership category depending on the members' level of experience. Each pupillage team conducts one program for the Inn each year. Pupillage team members gather informally outside of monthly meetings in groups of two or more. This allows the less-experienced attorneys to become more effective advocates and counselors by learning from the more-experienced attorneys and judges.
In this collegial environment, outside the courtroom and pressure of daily practice, members discuss legal practice, principles, and methods. Academicians, specialized practitioners, and complementing generalists provide a mix of skill, theory, experience, and passion. This fluid, side-by-side approach allows seasoned judges and attorneys to help shape students and newer lawyers with practical guidance in serving the law and seeking justice.
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Hudson Hall Wheaton
Hudson Hall Wheaton
Robert D. Hudson
Robert D. Hudson was born in 1900. He received his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1921, and was appointed one of the first Tulsa County Common Pleas Judges in 1922 at age 22. In 1926, he was appointed to the district bench to which he was elected in 1928.
In 1929, he resigned from the bench at age 29 and entered private practice.
He was elected president of the Tulsa County Bar Association in 1943 as a write-in candidate. He became somewhat of a legend as a trial lawyer of forty years. Over that period he participated in many of Tulsa's major and historic cases. Mr. Hudson was one of the first Fellows selected from Oklahoma when the American College of Trial Lawyers was formed in the 1950s. Mr. Hudson exemplified the American Inns of Court goals of competence, civility and ethics more than any gentleman trial lawyer. He died in 1969 sitting in court at the Tulsa County Courthouse.
Amos T. Hall
Amos T. Hall was born in 1896. A self-taught lawyer, he passed the bar in 1925 after serving as custodian of the First Methodist Church. He was the first elected black judge in Oklahoma. He was named outstanding citizen of Tulsa by the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.
Judge Hall was a close and personal friend of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, as chief counsel of the NAACP, always associated with Mr. Hall in significant Oklahoma race litigation. This was a tribute to both Mr. Hall's ability and their close personal relationship.
Amos Hall was a very kind, considerate and personable man. He had an innate humility that made him appear soft spoken. But when basic legal rights were involved, he was a dynamic advocate and a truly outstanding and articulate trial lawyer. He died in 1971.
Norma Frazier Wheaton
Mrs. Wheaton was born in 1899 and admitted to the bar of Oklahoma in 1927. She was the first woman president of the Tulsa County Bar Association in 1946. She was the first woman lawyer on the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association. She was the chair of the Insurance Section of the OBA for numerous years in the 1950s. She was the first names woman partner in a major Oklahoma law firm (Hudson, Hudson & Wheaton) in the late 1940s…twenty-five years before any other woman was made a partner.
Mrs. Wheaton's trial work was primarily in commercial law, domestic relations, insurance subrogation and life insurance law, as well as contested wills and inheritance matters. Mrs. Wheaton was bilingual, speaking fluent Spanish. She was a truly outstanding lawyer. She died in 1973.