The Kansas Trial Lawyers Association is a statewide, not-for-profit professional organization that champions individual and corporate responsibility and accountability, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary, and high standards of ethics. KTLA's members hold those who injure others accountable for their actions.
KTLA is a specialty bar that supports attorneys in their efforts to fulfill its mission through professional education, including real-time exchange of information, strategies and techniques. In addition to dynamic communication on its listservs, KTLA produces a quality bimonthly professional Journal and CLE programs tailored to the needs of its members.
The member attorneys of KTLA practice in broad areas of law including: auto litigation, consumer law, criminal law, elder and disabled care litigation, family law, long-term care negligence, medical malpractice, mortgage fraud, products liability, securities fraud, small business litigation, and workers compensation.
This non-profit corporation shall be known as the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association (KTLA). Its object shall be to uphold and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Kansas in order to protect the rights of Kansans; to improve the administration of justice; to promote a high standard of ethics in the profession; to improve trial techniques and train lawyers in advocacy; to champion the right to trial by jury and independence of the judiciary; and to coordinate and promote the activities of its members in the interest of the legal profession and the public. As a specialty bar association, KTLA represents those trial lawyers who advocate for the rights of individuals harmed through no fault of their own, hold those who injure others accountable for their actions, and work to improve client representation in the field of criminal defense.
The plaintiffs’ bar can be traced back to 1951, when a few young attorneys worked to create a state branch of the National Association of Claimants Compensation Attorneys (NACCA). The fledgling organization was known as the Kansas Association of Plaintiff Attorneys (KAPA) and set the professional standard for plaintiffs’ attorneys in Kansas. The organization championed the improvement of laws on behalf of plaintiffs, which led to stronger laws protecting consumers, working Kansans, and the civil justice system. The benefits of such laws, and of the work of KTLA members, are felt by Kansas citizens today, every day. The association adopted the KTLA name in 1972.
From 2007 through 2016, the group was known as the Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ). At its December 2016 meeting, the Board of Governors changed the association's name back to the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, KTLA.
KTLA members are proud and humbled by the legacy of the organization and its early leaders. From 1951 to the present time, the achievements of Kansas trial lawyers have made a difference in the lives of Kansans. There are many different stories and battles to recall. The camaraderie and collegiality between KTLA members— paired with the association’s strong roots in advocacy— helps members assist one another in developing as attorneys and advocating for their clients.
KTLA's Membership Committee has had several conversations about developing a Code of Conduct for the organization to help raise the level of professionalism among the trial bar. At its November 29, 2012 meeting, the committee recommended that the Board of Governors adopt KBA’s Pillars of Professionalism as an endorsed set of aspirational guidelines for our membership. That recommendation was approved unanimously by the Board. The KBA has given KTLA permission to reproduce and promote the Pillars of Professionalism. Click here to view the Pillars of Professionalism.
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