For more than 30 years, the Southern Trial Lawyers Association has fostered camaraderie, learning, and networking among trial lawyers throughout thirteen southern states. STLA does not engage in political activity or fundraising of any kind, leaving those worthwhile activities to the state trial lawyer associations and the American Association for Justice.
The Southern Trial Lawyers Association encompasses the following member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
We offer members two educational events a year, both overflowing with opportunities to forge professional and personal relationships that will last a lifetime. The Annual Conference during Mardi Gras in New Orleans features exceptional CLE and world class fun in one of America's most fascinating and entertaining cities. The Fall CLE & Board Retreat is where STLA members come together to learn and share strategies in a fun and inviting location.
Every year, STLA donates $20,000 to a charity of the president's choosing. This year, President Mattie Taylor selected Stoddard County Children’s Home to receive the donation. Stoddard County Children’s Home is a non-profit agency located in her hometown of Dexter, Missouri. The home serves as a temporary shelter for abused and neglected children removed from their living situations. The current Children’s Home is operating in a 120-year-old residence. This donation will be used to help furnish the new home, named Harty House, which is under construction.