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.”
Our 12th annual Santa Fe CLE Roundup & Annual Dinner will be June 27-30 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. We are thrilled to be returning to this beautiful property, and they are ready to welcome us back! Register to attend the program at...read more
TEX-ABOTA will hold our 2019 Legislative Cocktail Reception on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, in Austin at 5:00pm at the Headliners Club. It is important for TEX-ABOTA to have a presence in our state legislature, and we would like for all TEX-ABOTA members to make a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more