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Francis M. Wikstrom         

Trial lawyers try cases. The American College of Trial Lawyers, founded in 1950, recognizes and honors those trial lawyers in the United States and Canada, who are the very best. They come from every facet of the trial bar: plaintiffs’ lawyers and defense lawyers, prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers. And they try every kind of case...READ MORE



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Spring 2015 General Committee Reports

Twice a year the College's General Committee Chairs report on their activities to the Board of Regents.  Click to read summaries of the reports and then jump to the full reports for more information.


The College's Federal Civil Procedure Committee has provided the following documents for review by Fellows. 

Memo from the Honorable David G. Campbell, U.S. District Judge for the District of Arizona, Chair of the Civil Rules Advisory Committee

Summary: A memo dated Dec. 2, 2014 from Judge Campbell regarding the Oct. 30, 2014 Federal Civil Rules Advisory Committee meeting at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

The Civil Rules Package as Approved by the Judicial Conference

Summary: A memo entitled "The Civil Rules Package as Approved by the Judicial Conference," dated September 2014 by Thomas Y. Allman, a former General Counsel and Chair Emeritus of the Sedona Conference WG 1 on E-Discovery and the E-Discovery Committee of Lawyers for Civil Justice.

The Security National Bank of Sioux City, Iowa v. Abbott Laboratories

Summary: The trial where U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa, Western Division, imposed an unusual sanction based upon certain counsel's conduct at a deposition in the case.

Objectionable Objections

Summary: An article by Past President Robert L. Byman which was published August 25, 2014 in the National Law Journal. 

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Download any of the outreach programs listed below by clicking on the program title.

Legal Ethics/Professionalism CLE – Teaching Syllabus to the Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct

Summary: The video presents ethical and professionalism vignettes with various fact patterns and suggestions to stimulate discussion. Accompanying the video is a teaching syllabus with references to applicable provisions of the American College of Trial Lawyers Code of Trial and Pretrial Conduct. Prepared by the Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee.

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