The Academy is a group of truly elite trial lawyers representing both sides of the Bar:  prosecutors and defense lawyers in criminal cases, and plaintiffs' and defense counsel in civil litigation (including business and personal injury cases).  While the majority of the Fellows come from the U.S., the Academy includes lawyers from more than 30 countries.  Fellowship is by invitation only, and trial lawyers are invited to become Fellows only after an extremely careful vetting process.



As to U.S. Fellows, the Academy's bylaws limit Fellowship to 500 active trial lawyers under the age of 70.  Upon reaching the age of 70, a Fellow retains all of his or her rights and privileges but is no longer counted against the cap of 500.  This provision assures that each year there will be openings for first-rate nominees to enter the Fellowship.


Academy Statement on Judicial Independence

A Statement release on June 9, 2016 regarding the independence of the judiciary can be found here.

A Statement released on February 6, 2017 regarding the independence of the judiciary can be found here.



2017 Mid Year Meeting
Ritz Carlton Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
July 26-30, 2017

2017 International Meeting
East Africa (Kenya & Tanzania)
October 22-November 1, 2017

Optional Extension to Uganda

2018 Annual Meeting
Four Seasons Austin
Austin, TX
March 21-25, 2018

2018 Mid Year Meeting
The Broadmoor
Colorado Springs, CO
July 25-29, 2018

A. Clifford (Cliff) Edwards, Esq. delivered an impactful Dean’s Address at the IATL Annual Meeting in San Diego, California. Check back soon for the full video!