National Conference of Federal Trial Judges (NCFTJ)

The NCFTJ is the Judicial Division’s home for Article I & III judges, including U.S. District, Magistrate, Bankruptcy, Claims, Tax and International Trade Court Judges. It works to meet the needs of the federal judiciary and to offer opportunities for interaction among federal trial judges through educational, networking and social programs.

NCFTJ News and Updates

OMG, I Have a Case in U.S. Tax Court! A Tax Court Basics Program, Part II

Save-the-Date: November 15, 2018 | CLE Webinar. This program follows a well-received program from 2017 and is directed at new lawyers that may be interested in handling cases before the United States Tax Court, but experienced lawyers in any practice area that may need to appear in Tax Court would benefit from the program.

President Trump Signs 2017 Bankruptcy Judgeship Act

On October 26, 2017, the president signed the 2017 Bankruptcy Judgeship Act, H.R. 136. The final bill added four five-year bankruptcy judgeships and extended 14 temporary ones in Delaware, Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina and Puerto Rico for an additional five years. The four new judgeships would be one each in Florida and Michigan and two in Delaware.

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NCFTJ Webinars for Purchase:

The Amended Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: A Year in Review, Drones and UAS: Regulatory Update and What’s Next on the Horizon for Users and Owners, OMG: I Have a Case in US Tax Court! A Tax Court Basics Program, Bankruptcy 101: Bankruptcy Basics for Non-Bankruptcy Lawyers, and Federal Litigation Practice; Advancing Your Case Before Magistrate Judges are available for purchase and CLE credit at

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Complimentary Webinars

Please view the NCFTJ free webinars, presented as resources to law students, interns, externs, and law clerks: Making the Most of Your Judicial Internship/Externship, Demystifying Federal Clerkships – Judicial Clerkship Application Process and Experience, Demystifying Federal Clerkships II – Specialty Courts, and A Day in the Life of a Federal Law Clerk.

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Enhance your career, expand your network, stay current on latest news and trends, shape the future of the judiciary.

NCFTJ Committee Participation

Aside from the benefits that you receive as a member of the ABA and the Judicial Division, as an NCFTJ member, you will have access to the Conference's many Committees which provide members a lively and open forum for analysis, debate and education. NCFTJ Committees are the lifeblood of the Conference and participation in them offers rewarding opportunities to work with colleagues from across the nation. Through its Committees, NCFTJ strives to improve the judicial process and the quality of justice.

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Give the Gift of Justice

Donating to the Judicial Division demonstrates your commitment to the improvement of the justice system. We serve as the judicial voice of the ABA and your tax-deductible contribution supports policies, programming and projects affecting the judiciary on a national level. Please consider the Judicial Division for online donations, gifts, or planned giving. Please check the drop-down menu for specific conferences, or support the work of the Division. Thank you.

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Contact Us

Amanda Banninga, Conference Manager, 800.238.2667 ext. 5450, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654