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.

The College welcomed 96 new Fellows at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. Click here to read the full list.

Bartholomew J. Dalton is installed as the 67th President of the College. The College also elects three members to the Board of Regents. Click here to read the press release.

The latest issue of the Journal, Fall 2016 is now available. Click here to read.

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 2017 Emil Gumpert Award Application is now available. The deadline for submission is October 14, 2016. Click here to download.

The American College of Trial Lawyers (The College) issued a statement opposing political attacks on judges, stating that such attacks are a direct threat to judicial independence.  The statement was made by Michael W. Smith, president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, on behalf of The College and its 5,900 Fellows. Click here to read the full press release.



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.


Spring 2017

The Spring 2017 Meeting is March 2-5, 2017 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Registration materials will be available December 2016.




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.