What would our world look like if we did not have a justice system that upheld the rule of law? Better yet, what would our world look like if we did not have committed trial lawyers fighting on our behalf for truth, righteousness and due process? We are fortunate to have individuals that support us, guide us, and protect us in a court of law.
The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) is an organization devoted to not only reinforcing fair trial practices, but their mission is to advance professionalism, ethics and the administration of justice. Located in Irvine, California, the ACTL is a prestigious invitation-only institution; it consists of individuals who have demonstrated exceptional trial skills, civility, collegiality and an unimpeachable code of ethics.
There are approximately 5,700 fellows, including all the U.S. Supreme Court Justices, the Supreme Court of Canada and Spangenberg Law Firm partners Peter Weinberger and William Hawal.
Being invited to join this prestigious organization is both a discreet and thorough process: partners cannot nominate you for the fellowship or even endorse your nomination, and there is an extensive investigation with opposing judges and counsels from the prospective nominee’s previous cases. Pending a positive investigation process, the Board of Regents will vote on whether they approve the candidate. Following an affirmative referendum, the candidate will be invited to apply. Upon a successful application process, the board will elect the candidate to the American College of Trial Lawyers.
The ACTL is actively working on projects to further their mission. In an effort to reform federal and state courts, they recently completed a seven-year project with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) to help reduce the costs and delays associated with judicial management. The college also consistently looks to provide pro bono representation for veterans seeking medical and disability benefits.
Beyond the national level, there are several continuous projects happening at the state and province level in which fellows are called upon to lead, manage and assist.
Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is proud to have an incredible team of partners and associates that continuously reflect our commitment, integrity and focus on results.