Since 1992, the Pound Civil Justice Institute‘s Forum for State Appellate Court Judges has brought together state supreme court and intermediate appellate court judges, legal scholars, and practitioners who represent both plaintiffs and defendants. They engage in lively, open exchanges on critical issues that affect the state courts. The Forum thus provides an intellectual bridge between these three very important groups, and it plays a major role in fostering positive dialogue with the judiciary.
The Forum allows the legal community to learn what concerns state judges, and it provides a channel for lawyers to present to judges the concerns of litigants on critical issues affecting citizens‘ access to justice. There is no more important judicial education program dedicated to civil justice issues. The Forum is highly regarded by the judges who have attended the program, many of whom call it "one of the best seminars available to jurists in the country."