Order of the Coif Academic Honors in Law, Since 1950

The English Order of the Coif was the most ancient and one of the most honored institutions of the common law. It was an association of lawyers who for centuries had the sole right to appear as barristers in the Court of Common Pleas. The Order takes its name from the word used to designate the cap all the members of the Order were compelled to wear. This cap or coif was originally of white lawn or silk, forming a close-fitting hood. Later when wigs came into fashion, the coif was changed to a circular piece of white lawn fastened to the top of the wig. The real decline in the power and influence of the Order came through the appointment of King's counsel but despite efforts to change it, the Order remained the sole body of accepted practitioners at the Common Pleas Bar down to the Judicature Act.

The American Order of the Coif is the outgrowth of an earlier society known as Theta Kappa Nu, founded in 1902 for the purpose of promoting scholarship among American law students. In 1912 the society was reorganized as the Order of the Coif "to foster a spirit of careful study and to mark in a fitting manner those who have attained a high grade of scholarship." Students in the top 10% of their graduating class are eligible for membership. Local chapters also recognize honorary members. (Last five years updated, May 4, 2018)

New Members, Class of 2018

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New Members, Class of 2017

Anne M. Anderson
Lucas Michael Fleissner Barta
Max Carter Gottlieb
Ray Edwin Hingson II
Alexandra Lian Klein
Kevin Philip Rickert
James E. Simon
Ann Cox Tripp
Elizabeth Randle Williams
Jessica Ann Winn

New Members, Class of 2016

Jennifer Lee Commander
Alyson Michelle Cox
Krista Marie Haab
Paul C. Judge
Elaine D. McCafferty
Charlotte Weatherford Rhodes
Christina Marie Rossi
Christina Lynne Tacoronti
Emily Elaine Tichenor

New Members, Class of 2015

Lauren Ashley Brown
Jonathan Lee Caulder
Alexander D. Flachsbart
Elizabeth Jones Flachsbart
Stephen Robert Halpin III
Daniel Scott Jacobs
David Lee Johnson
Timothy Paul Kucinski
George M. Mackie V
Tara L. MacNeill
Brendan P. McHugh
Katherine L. Moss
Daniel R. Nappier
Christian A. Pritchett
Richard Garrett Rice
Krystal Brunner Swendsboe
Adam Charles Wendel
Paul M. Wiley

New Members, Class of 2014

Julia Blair Barber
Avery Devin Catlin
Mitchell Lee Davis
Kyle Adam Dolinsky
Laura Elizabeth Erdman
Meghan Elizabeth Flinn
Jan May Fox
Ryan Matthew Hrobak
Virginia Dawson Lane
Heather Michelle Lawson
Cara Elizabeth Regan
Patrick Emerson Sweeney
Lucas Russell White

Honorary Members

David G. Weaver '81L (2016)
John W. Vardaman '62 (2014)
Henry L. Woodward (2013)
Robert C. Wood III '62 (2012)
Richard H. Middleton '73, '76L (2011)
Linda A. Klein '83L (2010)
Jessine A. Monaghan ‘79L (2009)
G. Michael Pace Jr. '84L (2008)
W. Donald Bain Jr. '49L (2007)
John Wolf '69, '72L (2006)
Lizanne Thomas '82L (2005)
Sarah K. Wiant '78L (2004)
John D. Klinedinst '71, '78L (2003)
Gregory W. Wiercioch '92L (2002)
Robert E. Stroud '56, '59L (2001)
Frederick P. Stamp Jr. '56 (2000)
H. F. (Gerry) Lenfest '53 (1999)
Robert E. Glenn '51, '53L (1998)
Carroll L. Wainwright Jr. (1997)
Linwood Holton '44 (1996)
William Ray Price Jr. '78L (1995)
Pamela J. White '77L (1994)
Robert J. Grey Jr. '76L (1993)
Isadore M. Scott '37L (1992)
Thomas Hal Clarke Jr. '73, '76L (1990)
Thomas W. Mapp (1989)
Alexander M. Harman Jr. '44L (1988)
Johnny E. Morrison '74, '77L (1987)
Raymond W. Haman '52L (1986)
Sol Wachtler '51, '52L (1985)
Roscoe B. Stephenson Jr. '43, '47L (1984)
Charles F. Clarke '38 (1982)
Manuel M. Weinberg '31L (1981)
John W. Drye Jr. '20L (1978)
Robert M. Campbell (1977)
H. Emory Widener Jr. '53L (1976)
Thornton G. Berry Jr. '34L (1975)
William W. Sweeney (1974)
Richard Hanes (1973)
Fred M. Vinson Jr. '48 '51L (1972)
Paul A. Holstein '32L (1971)
John DeW. Carter (1970)
Oswald B. McEwan '40L (1969)
Ted Dalton (1968)
Walter E. Hoffman '31L (1967)
Wilbur C. Hall '15L (1964)
Kermit E. Hundley '53L (1963)
William Oliver Roberts Jr. '58L (1962)
E. Barrett Prettyman (1961)
Rosser L. Malone Jr. '32L (1960)
John W. Eggleston '06 '07M '10L (1959)
John J. McCloy (1958)
H. Graham Morison '30 '32L (1957)
William T. Gossett (1956)
Edward S. Graves '30 (1955)
James R. Caskie '06 '09L (1954)
John W. Davis '92 '95L (1953)
John L. O'Brian (1952)
Herbert F. Fitzpatrick '92 '93L (1951)