Our mission in ABOTA is the preservation of the right to trial by jury guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution; the independence of the judiciary; and civics education.

"I consider trlal by jury as the only anchor ever imagined by man, by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution"
Thomas Jefferson (1789)
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TEX-ABOTA & State Bar of Texas 2019 Advanced Trial Strategies

We hope you plan to attend the State Bar of Texas Advanced Trial Strategies Course in New Orleans, February 14-15, 2019. (TEX-ABOTA Board Meeting on Saturday, February 16th, 9:00-11:00am.) TEX-ABOTA is once again a proud co-sponsor of this event, and we invite Texas...

TEX-ABOTA Hosts Texas Supreme Court Reception

TEX-ABOTA held its first reception for the Texas Supreme Court Justices and their staffs on Monday, September 17, 2018. All but two of the Justices were in attendance at the event, held at the beautiful Headliners Club. Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said a few words to...

2018 James Otis Lecture – A great program!

The annual TEX-ABOTA James Otis Lecture Series was held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. We were honored to have Prof. H.W. "Bill" Brands, as our speaker again this year.  He gave a brilliant, impassioned talk on  the Constitution, and many students lined...

Elizabeth Ray Receives Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award

WACO, Texas – Baylor Lawyer, the Honorable Elizabeth (Peach) Ray, was recently named the 2018 recipient of the Sarah T. Hughes Women Lawyers of Achievement Award by the Women and the Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. The award ”honors the accomplishments of women...

2018 Annual Award Recipients

TEX-ABOTA selected the recipients of the prestigious Annual Awards for 2018 at their last board meeting. There were several worthy nominees in each category, but when the dust settled, these were the recipients: Jurist of the Year – Hon. Rodney Gilstrap, East Texas...