Based on his 27-year career as a prosecutor, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele was selected to become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Steele was one of 69 inducted into the College on Sept. 27, 2019, at
the organization’s fall meeting.
“I am honored to become a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers where Fellows must exhibit the highest ethical, professional and personal standards in and out of the courtroom as well as have an extensive and successful career,” said Steele. “While this honor recognizes my work, I am cognizant of the fact that no one attains a level of professional success alone, and I am thankful for the many colleagues and others who have mentored me and shared their expertise over the years. I am truly humbled.”
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.
Steele was elected District Attorney of Montgomery County in November 2015 and was sworn in on Jan. 4, 2016. He began his career as a sworn prosecutor in 1992 in the Dauphin County (Pa.) District Attorney’s Office before moving home to Montgomery County. Since joining the Montgomery County DA’s Office in 1995, Steele has prosecuted thousands of criminal cases from sexual assault to drug trafficking to murder. He served as the Captain of the Narcotics Unit, Chief of theTrials Division and as First Assistant before being elected District Attorney. Steele earned an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University, a
juris doctorate from The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State
University and a master of laws degree in trial advocacy from the Temple University School of Law.
There are currently nearly 6,000 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 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. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice
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