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.”

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...

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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...

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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...

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2018 Santa Fe CLE Breaks Attendance Record!

The 2018 Santa Fe CLE Roundup and Annual Dinner had the highest attendance of any of the previous programs. We had 145 lawyers, who, along with spouses and guests, brought the total number of attendees to 220 people. There were many first-time attendees, including...

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