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.”
4/1/20 Regretfully, the TEX-ABOTA annual gathering in Santa Fe must be canceled for this year for obvious reasons. Dicky Grigg deserves thanks once again for putting together a great group of speakers, and hopefully things will return to normal so we can hear them...read more
Things are lining up for the 2020 TEX-ABOTA Santa Fe CLE program in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. The event will be held June 11-14, 2020 at the Inn & Spa at Loretto. You may now book a room at the Inn & Spa at Loretto by calling 1-866-582-1646. Please mention...read more
The Texas Association of Civil Trial and Appellate Specialists has selected ALICE OLIVER-PARROTT as the 2019 recipient of TACTAS Lifetime of Excellence in Advocacy Award. She will be honored at a dinner in the Ballroom of Four Seasons (3rd Floor) on Thursday,...read more
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...read more
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...read more