Deegan Inn of Court

Riverside, CA

Who is Leo A. Deegan?

The Honorable Leo A. Deegan first began practicing in Riverside in 1946 as a deputy in the District Attorney’s Office, before promoting to Assistant District Attorney. After being appointed the first Public Defender for the County of Riverside, he served as Chief Deputy in the County Counsel’s office. He became the City Attorney for the City of Riverside in 1958. 

He was appointed to the bench by Governor Edmund Brown in 1959.  He served on the Superior Court until his retirement in 1975. In the late 1980s, he served for 14 months on the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento.

What is the Inn?

The Leo A. Deegan Inn of Court is a professional organization comprised of attorneys and judicial officers, organized under the American Inns of Court. The organization focuses on improving the skills and professionalism of the bench and Bar.  The organization was founded in 1993 by the Honorable Sharon Waters, the Honorable Robert J. Timlin, Stanley Orrock, James Heiting, and Terry Bridges.  Listen to the history of the Inn here:


Why Join the Inn?

The Inn offers the opportunity to network with members of the bench and bar, practicing in all areas of law in the Inland Empire.

The Inn provides training regarding ethics, professionalism, and various legal topics. The monthly meetings qualify for MCLE credits and include specialty credits such as legal ethics, competence, and recognition and elimination of bias.



Each team consists of a Judicial Master, Attorney Masters, Barristers, and Associates. As part of your Inn experience, you will collaborate with your team to teach a subject for your month's presentation.

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"American Inns of Court" and the crest are service marks of the American Inns of Court Foundation.