Updates from State & Province Committees
Alabama: Fellows presented five separate 1.5 hour ethics seminars, including four geared to new bar admittees. Additionally, the Fellows are scheduled to present a day-long seminar to the Alabama Circuit Judges.
Alaska: The Northwest Regional meeting will be held in Alaska July 9-11, 2020
Arkansas: Arkansas Fellows held their annual dinner in December at the Capital Hotel in Little Rock, with President Young in attendance.
British Columbia: Dinyar Marzban of Vancouver, British Columbia, is part of the Access to Justice Pro Bono Fellows Initiative. The next state meeting is scheduled for October 2020.
California-Northern: Fellows were pleased to host Region 13’s representatives for the National Trial Competition at U.C. Berkeley School of Law beginning Jan. 30, 2020. A week later, the new San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin attended the annual Fellowship dinner. DA Boudin, whose fascinating background and controversial selection as the chief law enforcement officer of the City and County of San Francisco, was introduced by Judicial Fellow, the Honorable Charles Breyer, a Senior U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and a recent speaker at the Spring Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
Colorado: At the suggestion of Colorado Fellow Jim Lyons, State Committee Chair Michael McCarthy and Lyons met with the Chief Judge of the Denver District Court (Colorado State Court) and have, in coordination with the Chief Judge, organized and implemented a program in which Colorado Fellows are volunteering to mediate cases pending in Denver District Court in an effort to alleviate the overwhelming case load that now exists. The Colorado Fellows, in cooperation with the CLE organization for the Colorado Bar Association, presented a day-long CLE, “Winning at Trial” on Nov. 22, 2019 . Fellows are planning to present this CLE again in late Fall 2020.
Connecticut: Connecticut is again assisting with the Massachusetts State Committee with its annual trial skills seminar which is being conducted in Boston, Massachusetts. Connecticut Fellows will be serving as judges for the mock trial program.
Delaware: Over the last few months, the committee has been involved in planning for a variety of activities for the upcoming year, including several potential CLE programs and a possible community outreach effort to introduce high school students to opportunities in the Delaware bar.
District of Columbia: Fellows supported the National Trial Court Competition for law students held each year in Texas. Through the efforts of Committee Vice Chair, Brian Heberlig, D.C. Fellows participated in serving as judges and jurors at the regional competition held at the American University Law School in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 7-10, 2020.
Florida: In January, the Florida Fellows hosted the Georgia-Alabama-Florida tri-state meeting in Sarasota.
Hawaii: Fellows have spoken to representatives of the state judiciary regarding an ACTL sponsored seminar in conjunction with the Young Lawyers of the Hawaii Bar on jury selection.
Illinois-Upstate: Fellows will host a Trial Practice Boot Camp program in Chicago, and many will serve as faculty for the College’s Diversity Trial and In-House Litigation programs.
Iowa: The upcoming summer meeting is set in Davenport for Aug. 7-8, 2020.
Kansas: Fellows fulfilled the request for Stephen Susman, Executive Director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law, to co-sponsor the Civil Jury Project at NYU’s first Wichita Jury Improvement Lunch on Dec. 10 at the federal courthouse. Former Kansas State Committee Chair Amy Lemley assisted in obtaining judges for the regional trial competition.
Kentucky: Outreach Liaison and State Committee Vice Chair Jonathan Freed led a team of Fellows who prepared a presentation for the KBA Annual Convention this summer. This is the second year of the KY ACTL Ethics Program. Fellows are coordinating a trial skill training program in September or October of 2020 for legal aid attorneys.
Louisiana: Having canceled the Regional Meeting set for May 2020 in New Orleans, the Louisiana Fellows will host a Spring 2021 Regional Meeting at a time and place to be determined.
Manitoba: Fellows are developing an advocacy program in cooperation with The Law Society of Manitoba.
Maryland: Fellows continue to present/sponsor a trial course offered by the University of Maryland School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Two or three Fellows appear at each class throughout the semester to address and present on each stage of a litigation matter involving a medical malpractice claim. Fellow Bob Hanley of Towson serves as the ACTL moderator for this very successful program. Fellows have been presenting/sponsoring this course for more than a decade. Fellows are also actively involved with the Regional Law School Trial Competitions, which are held annually (in February) at American University.
Massachusetts: Fellows recently were judges at the Regional Moot Court Competition held at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Fellows volunteered as judges for the National Mock Trial competition at Boston College. As in the past, Fellows are planning to hold the annual Trial Skills program in May.
Michigan: On an annual basis, members of the Michigan State Committee and Fellows at large, participate in moot court competitions.
Mississippi: For the third year in a row, the Fellows presented the ethics program at the Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in October. In February, the Fellows held their annual dinner at the Capital Club in Jackson.
Missouri: Fellows have been active assisting with the ACTL mock trial competition in St. Louis in February, planning a seminar for public assistance lawyers in June, as well as a seminar addressed targeting a female audience in October 2020. The Missouri Fellows dinner will be held in September in Kansas City in conjunction with the Missouri Bar meeting.
Montana: The first state meeting in many years was held on Sept. 6, 2019 in Missoula. Fellows were honored to welcome then President Jeff Leon.
Nevada: Nevada hosted a dinner gathering of Fellows at a local venue in Las Vegas in December 2019. Thanks to Fellows to Fellow Walt Cannon and Don Campbell for arranging the evening and Secretary Susan Harriman for joining in the activities. The State Committee is in the discussion stages of a potential event later in 2020 to coincide with the retirement of a Nevada Supreme Court Justice.
New Jersey: Fellow Ed Kole moderated the 2nd Annual Federal Pro Bono Institute on Sept. 20, 2019 that featured judges and lawyers active in the District of New Jersey’s prisoner re-entry program and other pro bono initiatives. Fellows Brian Neary, Eric Breslin, and Robert Stahl led the faculty of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute on Oct. 5, 2019, educating trial lawyers in identifying, preparing, and presenting expert witnesses in criminal cases. The CLE was presented in cooperation with the ACTL.
New Mexico: Planning for the New Mexico annual meeting is underway. The meeting is scheduled to be held in September 2020.
New York-Downstate: Fellows are planning a trial practice training program for public service employees in June. The program will be taught by Fellows. Fellows also are working on contributions to the historical biographies of the College and hope to provide at least one significant judicial interview soon.
New York-Upstate: Fellows are in the process of scheduling CLE programs in conjunction with Albany Law School and the Albany County Bar Association.
North Dakota: The Fellows are very active with the one law school in the state, teaching courses, and hosting and judging competitions. The next meeting of the State Committee is set for June 2020 at the North Dakota State Bar meeting.
Fellows are finalizing plans for a Trial Skills Boot Camp to take place in Cincinnati on May 1, 2020. Legal aid and public service lawyers will be admitted free of charge. Fellows volunteered to serve as judges in Cleveland for the regional ACTL mock trial competition in early March 2020. At the first state committee meeting, each recent inductee was assigned a mentor to foster engagement with the ACTL.
Oregon: At the Oregon Fellows annual holiday dinner, the Oregon State Committee awarded the Don Marmaduke Award to longtime Fellow and former State Committee Chair Rich Busse. This award is given to a fellow who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the rule of law and access to justice.
Pennsylvania: The State Committee continues to work with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC) to provide content and faculty for Continuing Judicial Education. Fellows help develop and present, under the aegis of the College, a 4-hour program as part of the required 12 hours of CLE that all state court judges are required to complete annually. The AOPC anticipates collaborating with the College on at least six such programs for 2020 and the State Committee is actively recruiting Fellows to participate. The State Committee continues to collaborate with Temple University Beasley School of Law presenting the “Masters of Litigation Program,” a trial skills CLE training program and completed its third annual program on Nov. 1, 2019. The program included an ethics hour on civility initiated by Teaching of Trial & Appellate Advocacy Committee Chair Joe Crawford, aimed at changing racist, sexist, and other intentionally demeaning conduct. State Committee Vice Chair John Conti is exploring a collaboration with Duquesne University, School of Law, to create a trial seminar using Temple’s Masters of Litigation as a model.
Québec: Fellows held outreach events at the Faculties of Law of McGill University (Mar. 11, 2020), Université Laval in Quebec City (Oct. 10, 2019) and Université de Montréal (Sept. 19, 2019).
Saskatchewan: Fellows continue their involvement in the Sopinka Moot Court competition, as well as remaining active in area CLE programs.
South Carolina: Fellows held their annual dinner at Palmetto Bluff Resort in Bluffton, South Carolina, on Feb. 7-9, 2020. Fellows have planned a CLE program on “Civility, Professionalism, and Ethics” to be presented in the fall at the University of South Carolina School of Law. The program will include as speakers a U.S. District Judge, the Dean of the Law School, and several South Carolina Fellows, including the current and immediate past Chairs. Young lawyers will be the target audience for the program. Fellows also hope to present a program in the fall of 2020 addressing attacks on the independence of the judiciary and Russian assaults on the American justice system. Many Fellows participated as judges in the National Trial Competition that were held in South Carolina in February.
South Dakota: Fellows are working with the only law school in the state. The new Dean is a former partner of State Committee Chair Robert Anderson; hence there is opportunity to speak, judge moot court and client counseling competitions, and provide assistance to the South Dakota Law Review. Additionally, there are increasing efforts to speak to students in grade, middle, and high school on civics and the legal system. In September 2019, South Dakota successfully hosted the Regional Meeting in the beautiful Black Hills.
Texas: Texas Fellows enjoyed a Holiday Celebration in December in Houston, with approximately 80 Fellows in attendance, including several new inductees. Planning is underway for the Fellows summer luncheon, to be held in conjunction with the State Bar meeting in Dallas.
Utah: The committee is planning a Boot Camp Trial Training Program to be held on June 4, 2020 at the University of Utah law school. The camp will use the Rosenberg Spy case to explore the anatomy of a trial. The majority of the registration fees will be donated to “And Justice For All,” which provides legal services to families struggling with abuse, disability, and discrimination.
Vermont: Fellows once again collaborated with the Vermont Bar Association in presenting an intense one-day Trial Advocacy Program for legal aid lawyers, less-experienced practitioners in the public sector, and law students. Several state and federal judges also participated in the program, which was well-attended and very well-received.
Virginia: Following the success of previous presentations of the public interest lawyer seminar, the Virginia State Committee is working to put on another seminar. The hope is that it can be ready to go in the fall of 2020. Several Virginia Fellows participated as judges in the National Moot Court Competition, which was held in Nov. 2019. Eight Fellows were slated to participate in the National Trial Court Competition as judges at American University Washington College of Law.
Washington: Fellows held their annual dinner on Oct. 24, 2019 at the PacMed Tower, which overlooks the city of Seattle. The dinner was well-attended by approximately 80 Fellows/guests, including Regent, Mona Duckett, President Doug Young, and several Fellows from Oregon, including Oregon State Committee Chair Renee Rothauge.
Wyoming: On July 17, the Wyoming Fellows will host a dinner for President Young in Casper. It is expected that local State and Federal Judges will attend.