The Temple American Inn of Court was the 100th Inn chartered in the United States and the first in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The idea to form an Inn in Philadelphia was instigated by, among others, Leonard Dubin, Esquire and Dean Robert Reinstein of the Temple University School of Law (now the James E. Beasley School of Law). The law school, through Dean Reinstein, filed the application for chartering the Inn and then scheduled and set-up a meeting by invitation of prominent Philadelphia judges and attorneys.
The first meeting, to consider and organize the Inn, was held at the Law School on November 5, 1990. In attendance were Philadelphia attorneys James E. Beasley, Perry Bechtle, Robert C. Daniels, Leonard Dubin, Edward L. Edelstein, James J. McCabe, Arthur Raynes, the Honorable Lowell A. Reed, Jr., among others. Dean Reinstein chaired the meeting which was addressed by the American Inns of Court President, Sherman I. Cohn. The excitement engendered at the meeting stirred Judge Reed to write a letter of suggestions for the Inn. This voluntary act led to Judge Reed's nomination, by acclamation, to be our Chapter's first President.
The initial meeting at Temple Law School was quickly followed by a meeting on or about November 19, 1990, in Judge Reed's chambers at the United States District Courthouse. It was at this meeting that the proposed list of proposed members was drawn, the Inn named the Temple American Inn of Court and the first slate of officers was presented.
The Charter for the Temple American Inn of Court was presented to the Inn's President, the Honorable Lowell A. Reed, Jr., on June 28, 1991 at the Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Inns of Court Foundation held in New Orleans.
What started as a hope is now a promise fulfilled.