The purpose of the Association is to:
- Uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California, including the constitutional right to trial by jury, and the independence of the judiciary as co-equal branch of government;
- Uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession and actively encourage the highest standards of ethical conduct and integrity;
- Regularly work with Superior Courts of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to uphold and improve the administration of justice, including efforts to improve access to justice for persons who suffer injury or civil damage or who are accused of crime or wrongdoing, to improve the jury system and process, and to promote public education and awareness of the rule of law and our system of justice;
- Promote and support excellence in advocacy and the finest traditions of fairness and jurisprudence through training, education and effective communication;
- Actively encourage and facilitate mutual support, cooperation and camaraderie among members; and
- Cooperate with and assist other professional associations and civil groups which work toward goals or purposes which are compatible with goals adopted from time to time by this association.
Benefits of Membership in ACCTLA
Judges’ Night and Social Events
One of the greatest services is the opportunity to meet socially with judges from both counties through our annual Judges’ Night each January and the Spring and Fall Socials in May and October. All members are invited to attend ACCTLA Board of Governors meetings which are monthly dinners in alternating counties.
The Members-Only Listserve
Through our e-mail discussion group, you can network with other members for help with research, law and motion, form pleadings, locating experts, and obtaining information on defense experts, mediators, arbitrators, and judges. This is an invaluable resource.
Our magazine is sent to members and judges in both counties. Articles keep members current on legal issues and member news provides exposure for recent verdicts, settlements or other achievements in our practice.
ACCTLA provides mentoring for new attorneys or attorneys new to a practice area.
ACCTLA provides continuing education throughout the year on relevant topics including the annual “What’s New in Tort and Trial” which reviews every appellate and Supreme Court case that impacts the trial practice.
ACCTLA represents the trial lawyers interests in local bench-bar activities.