The Honorable Alfred Harrell, who has recently retired from the Denver County Court bench, was awarded the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Harrell was a founding member of the Doyle Inn and pillar of the legal community.
Honoring an Inn tradition, the William E. Doyle Inn of Court hosted the esteemed Deans of our state’s law schools at the May 2018 inn dinner and presentation. Before the monthly presentation, each Dean addressed the membership and provided updates about their institutions, and commented on the current state of legal education and controversies surrounding bar admissions.
February 21, 2018 -The Frick-Richman Group presented the very powerful ““Racist Rally Redux: The Vietnamese Fishermen v. The Ku Klux Klan”* *Some of the sworn deposition and trial testimony taken from historical archives will be offensive” at the University Club.
Vietnamese Fishermen Case
In 1981, armed Klansmen cruised Galveston Bay and practiced guerrilla tactics at secret paramilitary camps. They tried to destroy Vietnamese-Americans’ fishing businesses by burning their boats and threatening their lives. Fearful of competition from the Vietnamese, the white fishermen had invited the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, to send a message to the Vietnamese before the start of the shrimping season. The Klan group trained in the use of grenades, explosives, weapons, techniques of ambush and hand-to-hand combat, all in preparation for what they believed was an impending “race war.” Southern Poverty Law Center attorneys filed a lawsuit that stopped the Klan’s terror campaign and shut down its paramilitary training bases.
The Frick-Richman group performed a powerful reenactment of events during the legal proceedings against the KKK. After the presentation, Members engaged in a thought-provoking dialogue about the issues raised.
January 30, 2018 – The Harris Group presented the fascinating “Behind the Scenes at the SCOTUS: An Insider’s Guide to How Things Really Work at the Supreme Court and What’s on the Horizon”at the January Doyle Inn Dinner. The panel, comprised of three former Supreme Court clerks and the longtime Slate Supreme Court correspondent, gave the members insights about the nation’s highest court and many other related issues.