The Hillman Advocacy Program

2024 Program Registration Now CLOSED:

12/12/23 Update: The Hillman Advocacy Program is now full for 2024, and applications are closed. We look forward to seeing you next year.

The Hillman Advocacy Program is returning for its forty-second year in 2024.  It will take place in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from January 17 through 19, 2024.  For background information on Hillman, please visit its website at

An electronic registration form that allows for payment via PayPal is below.  Please note that the application fee is $15 higher if paying via PayPal to cover credit-card processing fees.  If you prefer to pay via a paper check and avoid the $15 extra fee, please submit the paper application, which is available here.  Applications are due by December 22, 2023.


During the program, there is an admission ceremony for those who wish to be admitted to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Once you have been accepted into the program, please apply and pay your court admission fee online at: Also, please let the Admission Clerk know that you are a participant in the Hillman Program so that you will receive your certificate during the admission ceremony.

ROOM BLOCK: If you will be staying in Grand Rapids for the program, we have reserved a limited number of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. You can make a reservation by going to this link Discounted rates for these rooms expire December 18, 2023.

CANCELLATIONS: To receive a full refund, you must notify Sonja Cubillo by 5:00 p.m. January 3, 2024. (Email: