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John A. Bourgeois Inducted as Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers
Kramon & Graham, P.A. takes great pride in announcing that, on March 8, 2014, John A. Bourgeois was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers during a ceremony at the College’s Spring Meeting in La Quinta, California. John’s Kramon & Graham colleagues Andrew Jay Graham, Gertrude C. Bartel, James P. Ulwick, and M. Natalie McSherry were inducted into the College previously.
Founded in 1950, the American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,868 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction), and Honorary Fellows. The College strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime, and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.
Firm founder, Andrew Jay Graham, observed as follows: “With John’s induction, Kramon & Graham now has five Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers. For a firm of only 35 lawyers to have such representation in the College is a tribute to all of the lawyers and staff of Kramon & Graham. We could not be more honored.”
Andrew Jay Graham, John A. Bourgeois, and M. Natalie McSherry at the American College of Trial Lawyers Spring Meeting in La Quinta, California