History of Inn

The Haydn Proctor Inn of Court came into being in 1991.  Its founders were Judge Mark Sullivan, Judge Mary Cuff and Phil Auerbach.   The founders named the organization for Judge Haydn Proctor, a Monmouth County icon, who was a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Phil went to New Orleans with Pete Shebell to receive our Certificate, recognizing us as a member of the American Inns of Court Association. The first three presidents of our organiztation were the founders in the order listed above. Over the years, we have had many memorable presentations given by student members of the Inn.  But, the one delivery which stands in the minds of many of the early judges, barristers, and masters was the closing argument given by now Judge Lisa Thornton.  She gave a summation for the State in a murder case which had all those in attendance enthralled.  As Judge Robert Feldman said, it could not have been better. Judge Feldman was the fourth president of our Inn.  Those judges who followed him as president were Judge Lawson and Judge Uhnrmacher. The lawyers who succeeded as President were Jack Hazzard, Joe Cooner, Jim Ronan, and Paul Newell. We've been fortunate in having many prestigious speackers.  Chief Justices James Zizzali and Stuart Rabner, Justices, and our own Daniel O'Hern, Virginia Long, and Barry Albun, Judges, our own Thomas Shebell and Michael Patrick King.  Out of state spearkers were Judge William Bauer, former Chief of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Gino DiVito of the Illinios Appellate Court and Leroy Tornquist, former dean of the Willamette Law School in Salem, Oregon.