WHAT IS THIS AWARD
The Academy of Trial Lawyers, representative of both plaintiffs and defendants in diverse fields of practice, pursues serious and sustained discourse among its members and judges to promote intellectual, ethical and personal understanding and accomplishment. The Academy embodies its principles in the qualities, diversity and expectations of its members; their commitment to justice, the rights of individuals and the common good; and their sustained professionalism, intellectual openness and willingness to be a constructive force in the judicial process. The Academy fosters development, improvement and accomplishment of the highest quality of advocacy before our Courts. Members are dedicated to social justice, innovation in response to changes in our trial practice, the responsibilities of freedom and the importance of trial by jury.
WHY IT MATTERS TO YOU
The Membership Committee of the Academy of Trial Lawyers is charged with the responsibility of identifying the best trial lawyers for membership in the Academy from among the applicant pool. The Committee reviews the applications and assesses the skill, professional standards and ethics of every applicant.
The entire Academy membership is confidentially surveyed regarding the qualifications of each applicant. The results of the survey, together with information gained through the application, letters of recommendation, personal interviews and the candidate’s trial experience, are carefully reviewed and considered by the Committee as part of its confidential process of selecting for membership those civil trial lawyers who have exhibited excellence and the highest levels of ethical standards and professionalism.
Upon approval by the Board of Governors, the full Academy membership must vote to approve the new members. Induction into membership takes place each year at the Annual Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat in the Fall.