Academy of Court-Appointed Masters Announces Special Masters 101 Training May 4, 2022, and May 5-6 Annual Meeting

On May 4, 2022, at 1:30-5:00 pm EDT, the Academy of Court-Appointed Masters (ACAM) will be conducting "Special Masters 101" - the second of ACAM's three planned 2022 training programs. This live program will be at the Grand Hyatt Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be followed by a welcome reception from 5:30-7:00 pm. It is designed to discuss what a special master needs to know - including:

  • the special master's role,
  • getting the first appointment and what you should know about it,
  • appointment orders,
  • how special masters can help their legal community, and
  • a view from the bench from retired Federal Judicial Center Director and Judge Jeremy Fogel. 

This program follows on the successful "Pathways to Becoming a Special Master" webinar, which ACAM will soon make available for video streaming on its website. 

For non-members, the May 4 Special Masters 101 training and reception are available for $300 and those interested can register here.

By joining ACAM, the price is only $50 for this half-day of training and new members will also receive the opportunity to stay for the May 5-6 Annual Meeting at a first-time attendee rate of $300. That's a total of $350 for a half-day of training and a day-and-a-half Annual Meeting with meals and a dinner reception. 

Joining ACAM will also allow new members to apply to participate in the third and most ambitious program. This fall, ACAM will be conducting the first-ever incubator program designed to create a class of '22 - a cohort of mentors and mentees who will work to advance each other in the profession. A draft concept paper for this creative program can be found here.

Apply to join ACAM here.

ACAM President David Tenner noted that "for those who do join, ACAM's Annual Meeting (in the same room on May 5-6) will be an education (and career-building opportunity) in itself."  Learn about what judges expect from special masters from representatives of the American Judges Association, the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; hear programs on Mass Tort Mediation Strategies and Tactics, intellectual property, Ethics, the roles and tasks of special masters, the remaking that is going on in the special master profession.  There will also be the chance to meet and break bread with judges, colleagues and stakeholders - an experience we can all use.   

ACAM Executive Director Merril Hirsh added that "we are particularly excited about having our first live event since we launched our program to broaden ACAM's membership and increase the service its members provide to the administration of justice. We hope to see you all in Atlanta, May 4 to 6!"

People interested in learning more about ACAM and its plans or receiving training, can contact Mr. Hirsh at, (202) 448-9020.

Source: Academy of Court-Appointed Masters