Tom Cartmell was honored with induction as a Fellow into The International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers chosen by their peers on the basis of excellence and integrity in advocacy.
The International Society of Barristers has a limited membership. Fellows are elected by the Society’s Board of Governors on nomination by a fellow and after inquiry directed to other barristers in the nominee’s region and to judges before whom the nominee has tried cases.
Tom is deeply grateful to be invited into this prestigious organization, whose purpose and ideals so closely match his own. Created in 1965, the society arose out of a desire to bring together the best of the trial bar in a setting devoid of partisan interests, where the emphasis would be on warm fellowship without regard to their orientations as plaintiffs’ or defendants’ or insurers’ advocates. In such a setting it becomes possible to consider, rationally and in good will, issues of ethics and excellence in advocacy and the role of litigation in society. As individuals, the Fellows of the Society are committed to the highest of ethical standards and to civility in all their personal and professional relationships. The society seeks to preserve trial by jury, the adversary system, and independence of the judiciary.