Our Inn located in Toledo, Ohio is named after Morrison Remick
Waite, who served as the seventh Chief Justice of the United States
Supreme Court during the Reconstruction Era from 1874-1888.
Justice Waite lived and practiced law in Toledo prior to assuming
his appointment from President Ulysses S. Grant. A civic
minded gentleman, he was one of the first directors of the Bank of
Toledo, president of the Young Men's Association in Toledo, and
representative to the Ohio General Assembly during his early
Full biography of Morrison Remick Waite
History of the Inn
Efforts to start the Morrison R. Waite AIC
began in 1994 as an outgrowth of work by the Toledo Bar
Association's Professionalism Committee. David J. Fickel, U.S.
Bankruptcy Court Clerk, Professor Robert Hopperton, Dean Albert
Quick of the University of Toledo College of Law and local attorneys
Linde Hurst Webb and Matthew Harper evaluated the feasibility of
applying for a local charter to be affiliated with the University of
Toledo College of Law. In mid-1996, the Waite Inn was formally
chartered as Inn #286. The application was signed by U.S.
District Court Judge James Carr, Dean Quick and David Fickel and the
first full Inn year was 1996-1997. From its inception, over
100 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students in the Toledo
area have been members of the Waite AIC.
Purpose of the Inn
The Waite Inn follows the objectives set forth
by the National Inns Foundation to promote excellence in legal
advocacy, foster a greater understanding and appreciation for
ethics, civility and professionalism, and to provide an educational
experience designed to enhance the abilities of lawyers and
judges. To that end, the Inn is divided into pupillage teams
that provide mentoring experiences for younger lawyers and programs
that teams present to the members at the scheduled meetings.
The Waite Inn meets for dinner and a pupillage program six times a
year, once during the months of September, October, January,
February, March and April.
The Waite Inn includes lawyers in diverse practice areas, law
professors, and judges from both federal and state
jurisdictions. The categories for Inn membership are masters of
the bench, barristers, associates and pupils, being structured along
the lines of traditional English tutorial systems for training
lawyers. Members are designated Masters based on at least 15 years
of practice and the ability to lead pupillage teams.
Barristers must have 5-15 years of experience and associates from
1-5 years. Pupils are eligible for membership in their third
year of law school. Policies for the Waite Inn are established by an
Executive Committee which is elected annually. Only Masters
vote on Inn matters.