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Deborah Sines, '82, Fellow in American College of Trial Lawyers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Deborah Sines, '82, among many men inducted into the American College of Trial LawyersDeborah Sines, '82, an Assistant United States Attorney, assigned to the Homicide Section in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, has been practicing in the District for twenty-three years.  Last week, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), one of the premier legal associations in North America. The ceremony took place recently before an audience of 900 persons during the recent 2017 Annual Meeting of the College in Montreal, Quebec. Of the seven attorneys honored from the District, she was the only woman - thus easy to spot in this photo, taken by her daughter!

According to its press release, "Founded in 1950, the College 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 of diverse backgrounds, 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."

Sines said, "You can’t apply to join this group.  They come and find you. Somebody nominates you, but they don’t tell you that. Then they go to all of your judges and opposing counsel and ask questions about you.  Then they vote on you. It took over a year to vet me I’m told!"

Before accepting the nomination, Sines did her homework. She found out that the group "wants all judges to be independent; does a lot of immigration work and designed a platform for colleges to handle sexual assault allegations which would be fair to the victims and fair to the accused." So she agreed!

Congratulations, thus, are in order!


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