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ASTC Membership

The American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC) is the only professional organization for trial and litigation consultants. Members agree to follow approved standards of practice developed over the 40-plus year history of the organization.

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Benefits of Joining ASTC

Some of the many new and continued benefits the ASTC offers are:

ASTC Listserv

A quick communication tool for members to connect, share practices, articles, get advice, etc.

Annual Conference

This year’s conference, "Growing and Thriving Businesses: Trends & Insights for Tomorrow," will be held in Washington, D.C., May 30th - June 1st. As a reminder, members receive the reduced conference registration fee!

Voir Dire Master Classes

We have produced a four-part video series on how to effectively conduct voir dire entitled Goals & Philosophy, Strategy, Creating a Juror Profile, and Communication Skills & Presence in the Courtroom.

ASTC Webinars

The Professional Education Committee continues to create educational and informative webinars to enhance our members' practices and knowledge. In addition, the Membership Committee has added a networking element to each webinar called "Link and Learn," where members can meet post-webinar to discuss what was learned and share comments, experiences, and so forth.

Industry Collaborations

Members can share their expertise by getting involved with associations like the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) through the Tex-ABOTA's Best in Voir Dire Competition and other collaborations.

First Friday Connection

These virtual 45-minute meetups are held on the first Friday of every month for members to connect, seek advice, reconnect with fellow members, or share ideas on enhancing their ASTC membership. 

Task Forces

Specific task forces have been formed for researching and providing guidance on hot topics in the industry, including Artificial Intelligence, social media standards, and discoverability of trial consultants' work.

Collaboration Tools

The website holds an expanding set of tools to help members collaborate, hire each other, and work together to benefit everyone involved.

Connect with the ASTC Membership Committee

Paul Valdez

Nichols Research

Chair/Board Liaison

Patrice Truman

Truman Jury & Trial Consultants

Long-time Member Liaison

Sarah Ross

Magna Legal Services

Recent Grad/Student Liaison

Kelley Tobin

Tobin Trial Consulting

Committee Member

Michelle Rey LaRocca

Decision Analysis

Committee Member

Jeff Goodman

Harbinger Jury Consultants, Inc.

Committee Member

Dan Johnson

Juror Search

Committee Member

Samantha Bean

Arizona State University

Committee Member

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Trial/Litigation/Jury Consultant?

A trial/litigation/jury consultant can have many different roles. Because no specific education or certification is required, consultants have vastly different backgrounds. Trial consultants are employed to help their clients with a variety of tasks, including pretrial research, opening statements/narrative, trial graphics, witness preparation, expert witness testimony, venue surveys, jury selection (voir dire, supplemental juror questionnaires, internet research), shadow juries and trial monitoring, and post-trial interviews.

What is the American Society of Trial Consultants and who are the ASTC's members?

The American Society of Trial Consultants, Inc. (ASTC) is the only professional organization for trial and litigation consultants. Members agree to follow approved standards of practice that have been developed over the 30-plus year history of the organization.

Who can join the ASTC? Do I need to be a trial consultant to join the ASTC?

Members of ASTC come with a wide variety of practice areas, skills, and services offered within the trial consulting profession. For example, whether you are an active trial consultant, a recent graduate, a student, or retired – or if you provide services such as graphic/demonstrative evidence, running mock juries/focus groups, assisting with media relations, etc. – you can join.

What are the benefits of being a member of the ASTC, and what kind of specialized resources does the ASTC offer?

There are many benefits of being an ASTC Member! By joining, you are entitled to a range of resources and services to support you, your practice, and the profession as a whole, as well as constant opportunities to expand your knowledge about the profession and network with colleagues. Click here for a list of benefits as a member!

Who should I reach out to if I am thinking about becoming a member?

For general inquiries or specific questions about how to become a member, please get in touch with our Membership Chair, Paul Valdez at pvaldez@nicholsresearch.com.

What are the upcoming events?

Each year, the ASTC provides regional meetups, networking, webinars, and educational events, including our annual conference. By becoming a member, you will be updated on these ongoing events. 

Is there a quarterly payment option?

Yes, we have added a quarterly payment option, so you can divide your annual dues into four equal payments, to be automatically charged to a credit card on the first day of each quarter. Note: to use this option you must pay by credit card.

Is there Auto Renewal for membership?

Yes, if you paid with a credit card last year, Annual Memberships will be automatically renewed on January 1 of the following year (beginning on January 1, 2022). Members can easily turn off automatic annual renewals in their profile on the website. Questions? Please contact Jeff Leonard at jleonard@firminc.com.  Note: to use this option you must pay by credit card.

I am ready to join! What are the action steps that I need to take to become a member?
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