The College issues a statement on recommended new standards for campus sexual assault investigations that would ensure basic fairness for both the complaining party and the accused student. The recommendations are based on the findings of the Task Force on the Response of Universities and Colleges to Allegations of Sexual Violence. Click here to read the full statement. Click here to read the report.

The College issues a statement on the defunding of Legal Services Corporation (LSC). Click here to read the full statement.

The College welcomed 65 new Fellows at the 2017 Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. Click here to read the list.

Judy Clarke, Fellow and criminal defense attorney, was presented the Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy at the Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The award is the highest honor conferred on a single individual by the College. In its 53 years of existence, the award has been extended previously only 14 times. Click here to read the press release.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell Brown, Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, received Honorary Fellowship from the College at its Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Click here to read the press release.

The latest issue of the Journal, Spring 2017 is now available. Click here to read

The College issues a statement condemning the recent public statements by President Trump regarding Federal Judge James L. Robart. The College considers such attacks as a direct assault on judicial independence. Click here to read the full statement.

The Judiciary Committee has released the groundbreaking publication, Working Smarter But Not Harder in Canada: The Development of a Unified Approach to Case Management in Civil Litigation. The report was undertaken by the Committee following the release of an earlier report of the committee concerning the use of case management in civil proceedings in the United States. Click here to read the report.

Three Fellows of the College acting as lead attorneys filed a petition with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims seeking an order requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to eliminate unconstitutional delays in the VA appeals system.  Click here to read the full press release. Click here to read the petition.



The American College of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds from the United States and Canada.  The College thoroughly investigates each nominee for admission and selects only those who have demonstrated the very highest standards of trial advocacy, ethical conduct, integrity, professionalism and collegiality.  The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission.  The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.


Annual 2017

The Annual 2017 Meeting is September 14-17, 2017 at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Quebec. Meeting registration will open in mid-June.





To develop, through appropriate communication initiatives, the external profile of the College so that it may serve more effectively and improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the trial profession.

College Committees

The College’s work is accomplished, in large part, by its thirty-four general committees and sixty-one state and province committees.

Student Competitions

More than 150 accredited law schools in the United States and every law school in Canada participate in College-sponsored national law student mock trial and appellate moot court competitions, some of which include both regional rounds and a final national round.