The Sandra Day O'Connor Award Committee seeks your help in identifying candidates for the Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award.  The Award, established in 2007, is given from time to time to a judge in the United States or Canada, whether or not a Fellow of the College,who has demonstrated exemplary judicial independence in the performance of his or her duties, sometimes in difficult or even dangerous circumstances. The Award is not an annual award but depends upon "exemplary" judicial independence coupled with "difficult or even dangerous" circumstances. To nominate a candidate for the Award, click here to download the Proposal Form or visit the College's Library. Send the completed form to the attention of the Chair of the Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award Committee at nationaloffice [at] actl.com (subject: Jurist%20Award) .

The College has officially launched a new website. For the best user experience, it is recommended to view the site using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as the browser.  

As a reminder, please make sure any correspondence or dues payments are mailed to our correct suite number. The National Office address is:
American College of Trial Lawyers
19900 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 530
Irvine, CA 92612


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 2016

Registration for the 2016 Spring Meeting at the Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii from March 3-6, 2016 is now open.

On-line registration for the 2016 Spring Meeting is no longer available via the website. The College is pleased that so many Fellows have registered, resulting in what is now very limited hotel room availability at the Grand Wailea.  Please contact the National Office via email at actlmeetings@actl.com or by calling 949-752-1801 for the most current information on hotel availability.  There are other hotels in the area that we would be happy to direct you to so that you may register for the meeting.





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.