Honorable Alex Kozinski, Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, offers his take on how to lose an appeal.  His presentation can be viewed here.

Honorable R. Ashby Pate, Associate Justice of the Republic of Palau, gives a rousing presentation during the College's Spring Meeting in Maui. His presentation can be viewed here.

College President Michael W. Smith is featured in an article in Virginia Lawyers Weekly.  Smith, the fourth Virginia Fellow to hold the position of President, said the group's activities in Virginia include a planned educational seminar for public interest lawyers in Charlottesville.  On the national front, the College is pushing the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure veterans have access to their appeal rights when benefits are denied.



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 2016

The Annual 2016 Meeting is September 15-18, 2016 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Check back for registration details.





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-five 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.