Fellows Continue Fight for Veterans

June 21, 2018

Despite a recent victory in a federal appellate court, the legal fight for veterans who endure lengthy delays for decisions on disability claims appeals continues for Georgia Fellows John Chandler and Beth Tanis, who are leading the pro bono suit. Read more.

June eBulletin is Now Available

June 4, 2018 

The latest issue of the eBulletin can be viewed online. Click here to view.

Fordham Law School's Feerick Center for Social Justice Receives 2018 Emil Gumpert Award

May 7, 2018

The American College of Trial Lawyers has selected the Feerick Center for Social Justice at Fordham Law School as the 2018 Emil Gumpert Award recipient.  The Feerick Center is being recognized for providing pro bono legal counsel to asylum-seeking women with children in Dilley, TX along with its partner, the Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP). Read more

Northern California State Committee Issues Statement on Judicial Selection

May 1, 2018

The chair of the Northern California state committee writes that the judiciary should "be independent of the two political branches and follow the law, not the vagaries of partisan politics." Read more.

April eBulletin is Now Available

April 10, 2018  The latest issue of the eBulletin can be viewed online. Click here to view. 

Wake Forest Wins National Trial Competition

April 10, 2018

The Wake Forest School of Law won the National Trial Competition on April 8, 2018 in Austin, Texas, with not one, but two teams competing in the final round. Read more.

President Franklin Issues Midterm Message

March 27, 2018

Click here to watch President Franklin's midterm message to Fellows.

Canadian Supreme Court Justice Becomes Honorary Fellow


March 16, 2018

The College presented The Honourable Mr. Justice Malcolm Rowe of the Supreme Court of Canada with Honorary Fellowship at its Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Read more.

ACTL Statement Regarding Criticism of Canadian Federal Judge Included In The Lawyer's Daily Article

March 15, 2018

The appointment of Justice John Norris, a former lawyer to Omar Khadr, a child soldier who was indoctrinated into al-Qaeda by his father, to the Federal Court bench may have received criticism on social media, but legal associations came forward in support of the decision. Canadian associations were not the only legal groups voicing support for Justice Norris. ACTL released a statement calling the criticism of Justice Norris “unjustified” and “misplaced.” Read more.

ACTL Presents Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist Award To Florida Supreme Court Justice


March 14, 2018

The American College of Trial Lawyers has presented its Sandra Day O’Connor Jurist Award to Florida Supreme Court Justice the Honorable Barbara J. Pariente.  The award recognizes a judge for his or her exemplary judicial independence in the performance of his or her duties.  Justice Pariente is only the third recipient of the award. To view her presentation, click here. Read more.

New White Paper From Attorney-Client Relationships Committee

March 13, 2018

The Attorney-Client Relationships Committee has published a new white paper to serve as a key resource on current trends in attorney-client privilege. Read more.

Spring 2018 Journal Now Available


March 8, 2018

The latest issue of the Journal can now be viewed online. The print version should be arriving in your mailbox soon. This issue recaps the speakers and events of the 2017 Annual Meeting in Montreal, Quebec. Click here to view

Ninety-Five New Fellows Inducted at 2018 Spring Meeting


March 7, 2018

The College welcomed 95 new Fellows during the 2018 Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Read the complete list.

The College Issues Statement on Latest Round to Defund Legal Services Corporation

March 6, 2018

The mission of the College requires the College  to speak to the 2019 proposed budget of the Administration regarding the defunding of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC provides, for those who cannot afford a lawyer, access to the courts in civil cases. We have spoken to Fellows in many States and the conclusion is that completely defunding the LSC would impede the rights to fair and just representation and access to the courts for the poorest among us. Read more.

The College Responds to Criticisms Concerning the Appointment of John Norris to the Federal Court of Canada

March 6, 2018

The College considers criticism that has been published over the past several days concerning the appointment of John Norris to the Federal Court of Canada unjustified and entirely misplaced. Those criticisms have been made on the basis that during the course of his long and distinguished career as a lawyer, Justice Norris represented people who were accused of serious crimes. Read more.

Northwestern Law Wins National Moot Court Competition

February 2, 2018

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law won the final round of the 68th Annual National Moot Court Competition held February 1 at the New York City Bar Association. The winning team was comprised of Brendan Gerdes, Taylor Mullaney and L.J. Pavletic. The USC Gould School of Law was the runner-up, with a team comprised of Zoe Steinberg and Rachel Yang. ACTL co-sponsors the competition with the National Moot Court Competition Committee of the New York City Bar. Read more.

Fellows Lead Three-Day Workshop in Guam


February 2, 2018

Eleven College Fellows traveled to Guam to lead the 2018 American College of Trial Lawyers Workshop for Judges and Lawyers from Jan. 17 through Jan. 19, 2018. The program exposed more than 100 participants, including judicial officers, attorneys general, public defenders and lawyers from Guam and neighboring islands, to the trial and advocacy skills for which Fellows of the College are known. Read more.

Fellows Head To Guam For 2018 American College of Trial Lawyers Workshop for Judges and Lawyers

January 19, 2018

With social media use in the mainstream, the question of curbing jurors' use of social media across the different platforms was raised during a session at the 2018 American College of Trial Lawyers Workshop for Judges and Lawyers. The Pacific Judicial Council held the first of a three-day workshop Wednesday at the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa in Tumon. Read more.

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KUNR Features ACTL in Story on the Legal Debate Over How Schools Use Title IX

December 21, 2017 

In 2011, the Education Department's Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague Letter that instructed colleges to use a specific standard in their investigations: preponderance of the evidence. It's the standard used in most civil cases, and lawyers generally agree it means whoever has the most evidence on their side -- 51 percent to 49 percent -- wins. Read more.

Reply Briefs Filed as ACTL Continues To Seek Justice For Disabled Veterans

December 13, 2017

The College, through the efforts of the Special Problems in the Administration of Justice (U.S.) Committee, filed reply briefs December 12, 2017 in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Many dedicated Fellows have been working to help with the deprivation of due process for veterans in the failure to adjudicate appeals of disability claims in a timely manner. Read more.

North Carolina Chapter Issues Statement On Senate Bill 698

December 6, 2017

The North Carolina Chapter of the College adopted a statement regarding Senate Bill 698 currently before the North Carolina General Assembly. Read more.

ACTL Partners With American Academy of Appellate Lawyers For First Time

December 6, 2017

The Teaching of Trial and Appellate Advocacy Committee partnered with the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers to present a program to public interest lawyers. Read more

Seventy-Eight New Fellows Inducted Into College


September 21, 2017

The College welcomed 78 new Fellows during the Induction Ceremony at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Montréal, Québec. Read the complete list.

NPR Features College in Article on Looking at a Better Way to Handle Campus Sexual Assault

September 20, 2017

Immediate Past President Bart Dalton was interviewed by NPR in an article titled, Is There A 'Better Way' To Handle Campus Sexual Assault? From the article: "Some want [Secretary of Education Betsy] DeVos to convene a diverse committee to help hash out new rules, as the ABA task force and The American College of Trial Lawyers did. But there is even disagreement in what those groups concluded; the ACTL recommended that the standard of evidence should be raised. Read More

ACTL Installs New President

September 18, 2017

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier professional organizations composed of preeminent trial lawyers from the U.S. and Canada, has installed Samuel H. Franklin, of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, as its 68th President to lead the College during the coming year. The College also elected five new members to its Board of Regents at its 67th Annual Meeting in Montreal. Read more.

Fall 2017 Journal Now Available

September 14, 2017

The latest issue of the Journal is now available. The print version will be arriving in your mailbox soon. The issue introduces 2017-2018 President Samuel H. Franklin and features an article on jury nullification and other Fellow written articles. Click here to view.

Applications Invited for 2018 Gumpert Award

September 6, 2017 

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Emil Gumpert Award. The deadline is October 2, 2017.

The award was established in honor of the late Honorable Emil Gumpert, chancellor-founder of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Judge Gumpert, throughout his more than half-century  career as an eminent trial lawyer, state bar president, and trial judge, substantially and effectively devoted himself to the administration of justice and to the improvement of trial practice.

A single grant of up to $100,000 will be awarded to a program, public or private, whose principal purpose is to maintain and improve the administration of justice. The program may be associated with a court, law school, bar association, or any other organization that typically provides such a program.

Refer to the ACTL website for complete program guidelines. Download the instructions and applications here.

Fellows File Consolidated Briefs in the Federal Circuit on Behalf of Veterans

August 11, 2017

Two briefs were filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by Fellows in support of the College's efforts to seek justice for disabled veterans. Read more.

Journal, Annual Report Receive International Award

August 10, 2017

The American College of Trial Lawyers was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Best House Organ – For Customers (Public Enterprise, Government, Association) category in the 14th Annual International Business Awards today. The College was also named the winner of a Bronze Stevie® Award in the Best Annual Report – Print - Non-Profit or Government Organizations category. Read the full press release.

Richmond Times-Dispatch Runs College Opinion on Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

July 11, 2017

Immediate Past President Michael W. Smith and Regent Elizabeth N. Mulvey co-wrote an opinion titled, "To be fair to all, campus sexual misconduct investigations need reform." It was published on the front page of the Commentary section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Read the full opinion.

Complex Litigation Committee Publishes New Book

July 10, 2017

The Complex Litigation Committee has published a new book, Demonstrative Aids At Trial. The book is available through the Bloomberg BNA website. Read more details.

Summer 2017 Journal Issue Now Available

June 22, 2017 The latest issue of the Journal can now be viewed online. The print version should be arriving in your mailbox soon. This issue recaps the speakers and events of the 2017 Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

June eBulletin Now Available

June 2, 2017 The June eBulletin was sent out to all Fellows. View the latest issue here.

College Issues Statement on Defunding Legal Services Corporation

June 1, 2017

The American College of Trial Lawyers has as its mission the improvement of the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to that 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. Read more.

New Standards for Campus Sexual Assault Investigations

June 1, 2017

The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) 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 its Task Force on the Response of Universities and Colleges to Allegations of Sexual Violence (the Task Force), which are published in a new report that is available on the ACTL website. Read more.

Sixty-Five New Fellows Join College Ranks


March 17, 2017

The College welcomed 65 new Fellows at the 2017 Spring Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida. Read the full list.

Fellow Receives Griffin Bell Award for Courageous Advocacy


March 9, 2017

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. Read the press release.

Canadian Supreme Court Justice Becomes Honorary Fellow


March 9, 2017

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. Read the press release.