James E. Hacker, Esq. has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. The induction ceremony at which Mr. Hacker became a fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 800 persons during the recent 2016 Annual Meeting of the College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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.
Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5800 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 maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on important legal issues relating to its mission. The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.
James E. Hacker is the managing partner at E. Stewart Jones Hacker Murphy, LLP with offices in Troy, Albany and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He has been practicing law for 32 years. The newly inducted Fellow attended Hamilton College where he is an Alumni Trustee and Albany Law School where he will chair the Board of Trustees in 2017. He is the President of the Albany County Bar Association and a Regional Vice President of the New York State Trial Lawyers Academy. He is on the Board of Directors of The Legal Aid Society for Northeastern New York and is a past President of the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Hacker devotes his practice entirely to civil litigation.