The ALA, which was formed 40 years ago, is an association of lawyers who practice in the courts of review, and of judges who serve on those courts.

Our mission is to:

  • systematically review all pertinent legislation and rules of court affecting jurisdiction and procedure in the appeal of cases to achieve greater clarity, fairness and comprehensiveness.
  • facilitate closer and more effective liaisons between lawyers concentrating on the appeal of cases, the appellate bench and the legislature.
  • improve the standards of quality and competence in the preparation of cases on appeal.
  • exchange ideas and techniques, resolve common problems, and discuss matters of mutual interest to those focused on this field.

Why join?

Our regular monthly meetings are an excellent forum for exchanging information and ideas. Most luncheon meetings involve a presentation on some aspect of the law by a judge or a prominent attorney. Other meetings, which either include lunch or a late afternoon reception, are held to introduce attorneys to justices of the appellate court in each district of the state. Reviewing court judges attend all Association meetings, thus affording both the bench and bar an informal setting to discuss their views. Each year at least one meeting is held in every appellate district of the state.

Only members get to read our quality publications. Your membership affords you online access to:

  • Cases Pending, available on the Web site in PDF format and typically published five times a year, which summarizes all appeals pending in the Supreme Court of Illinois.
  • The Brief, the Association’s newsletter, which alerts members to developments in the law and to Association activities.
  • the ALA’s Membership Directory, which is easily searchable.

Members can act as judges for our annual Midwest Moot Court competition.

Only members can participate in the ALA Discussion Forum, a private discussion forum to discuss issues pertaining to appellate practice in Illinois. The list is a forum for ALA members to exchange ideas, offer advice, ask questions, and network with peers.


Complete the membership application (either Adobe PDF version or MS Word version) and mail to the ALA, with check for annual dues and $25 application fee made payable to Appellate Lawyers Association.

Send to:

Christine Teed

Program Administrator

Appellate Lawyers Association

1717 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 102

Naperville, IL 60563

Questions? Email or call the ALA at (630) 416-1166, ext. #303.

All new members are assessed a $25 initiation fee. In addition, the following

Sustaining member: $200 (a classification offering greater financial support for Association activities)

Regular member: $150

Public sector member: $65 (attorneys employed full time by government agencies, academic institutions or public interest organizations)

Retired member: $25 (attorneys who are substantially retired from the active practice of law will receive regular Association mailings and The Brief, but not its other publications)

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Christine Teed

Program Administrator

Appellate Lawyers Association

1717 N. Naper Blvd., Suite 102

Naperville, IL 60563

P: (630) 416-1166, ext. #303

F: (630) 416-9798

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