In September 2015, the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court kicked off its tenth year as it traditionally does: by bringing in a respected member of the legal community to Humphreys College Drivon School of Law to share his or her insights with the group. That night's guest, Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, captivated the approximately 90-member crowd of local judges, attorneys, and law students with stories of his career and professional advice. Throughout the year, the Inn has put on several entertaining and informative programs. Those familiar with the Inn know details cannot be shared because "what happens at the Inn stays at the Inn," but several members have commented that this tenth year may be the best season yet.
The Callahan Inn is part of the American Inns of Court, a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals who gather at regular meetings engage in a lively discussion and enjoy a program put on by a team to which each Inn member is assigned. Drivon School of Law Dean (and resident Inn historian) Patrick Piggott explains that the concept of the Inn of Court comes from Great Britain, where law is an undergraduate degree and becoming a "Barrister" (or "lawyer" as we say on this side of the pond) requires interning for three years.
The Callahan Inn was created in 2006 when its future namesake, Ninth Circuit Judge Consuelo Callahan, invited several local attorneys and judges to the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn in Sacramento with the hope of establishing an Inn in Stockton. Later that year, Dean Piggott and San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund created the committee that would form the Callahan Inn.
In May 2006, the Sacramento Inn acted as a mentor to the new Callahan Inn and put on a presentation in the Humphreys Courtroom led by Justice Arthur Scotland of California's Third District Court of Appeals. The crowd was enthralled, and by August 2006 the Inn had 70 members and a plan for greatness. The Inn was named after Judge Callahan in recognition for her service to San Joaquin County and inspiration and leadership in establishing the Inn.
The purpose of the Callahan Inn is to encourage civility and professionalism. Membership and individual teams must always consist of judges, attorneys of all levels of experience, and law students. The teams are responsible for the program of each monthly meeting and provide an unparalleled mentorship opportunity.
Over the past ten years, the Callahan Inn has achieved a number of milestones: establishing a tradition of impressive speakers including three current California Supreme Court Justices (Stockton native Justice Carol Corrigan, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar); competing in a yearly "Legal Jeopardy!" competition with the Wray Ladine Inn in Modesto, dating back to 2008; and, in recent years, winning the coveted "platinum" designation, one of only a few Inns throughout the country to do so.
On May 14, 2016, the Consuelo M. Callahan Inn of Court will celebrate its tenth anniversary. Any person that has been a member of the Inn at any time during these ten years is invited to attend and renew his or her pledge to civility and professionalism. For more information, please contact Dean Piggott at (209) 478-0800 or .