year, the Membership Committee of the Academy of Trial Lawyers
of Allegheny County is charged with the responsibility of identifying
the best trial lawyers for membership in the Academy from among
the applicant pool. The Committee has the responsibility to review
the applications and assess the skill, professional standards
and ethics of every applicant. All members of the Committee
fully participate in the interview, investigation, research and
voting process regarding the applicants. The members of the Committee
change on a yearly basis and are chosen to represent a cross-section
of the membership at large. Only a limited number of open positions
are available on a yearly basis.
Admission into the Academy
is by invitation only after an extensive review
and election process. All applicants must be nominated by
a current Academy member. 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.
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.
Academy members may request a copy of the Membership Guidelines and Procedures by contacting
the Academy's Executive Director, Deborah Eyler Smith, at 412.343.9266
or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view a copy of the Academy's Qualficiations
for Active Membership, please click here.