What ABOTA Is

In 1957, the jury system was under fierce attack by the press, legislators, judges and scholars. California’s Governor, Edmund “Pat” Brown, even suggested a commission to hear workers’ compensation, liability and other civil cases.

It was this dark cloud – the potential death sentence for the civil jury system – that provided the seeds for the birth of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

A handful of young lawyers began the organization and it was deemed to be “revolutionary”, according to most of their elders. The same forces – those people want to dismantle the civil jury system – are at work today, as they were in the late 1950s. The attacks are far less subtle, however.

The preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People,” is the primary purpose of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have as members attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment.

Thomas Jefferson was of the opinion that the right to trial by a jury of fellow citizens was a more important safeguard of personal liberty than the right to vote. With a jury, the rights and duties of each of us will be decided by our fellow citizens, not by some bureaucrat or governmental functionary.

ABOTA agrees with Jefferson and is a leader in the fight to preserve and protect your right to a jury trial. ABOTA is dedicated to “Justice by the People.”

2019 James Otis Lecture Series Program Well Received

The 8th annual TEX-ABOTA James Otis Lecture Series was held on Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Texas State Capitol.  Over 100 students and their chaperones and sponsors gathered at the Capitol at 9:00am to hear Prof. H.W. “Bill” Brands speak...

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2019 James Otis Lecture Series Program

The annual TEX-ABOTA James Otis Lecture Series will be held on Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Texas State Capitol at 1100 Congress Ave. in Austin. Prof. H.W. “Bill” Brands will graciously be our speaker again this year.  He has a way of...

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2019 Santa Fe CLE Roundup – Ties the Record!

Our 12th annual Santa Fe CLE Roundup & Annual Dinner was held June 27-30 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. Our attendance tied the attendance from last year, which was a record-setter! We had special guests including ABOTA President, Mike Maguire , Brian Reid, CAL-ABOTA...

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2019 Annual Award Winners

TEX-ABOTA selected the recipients of the prestigious Annual Awards for 2019 at their April 28th board meeting in Austin Texas. There was some serious competition for the honors, and we are proud to announce the recipients for this year. The recipients are: Jurist of...

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