Civics Education

Teachers are the key to preserving the health of our democracy. They educate the next generation about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The ABOTA Foundation has created opportunities for teachers and students to grow their knowledge of the Constitution, judicial system and other anchors in civics education. 

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Professional Education

The ABOTA Foundation hosts Masters in Trial programs throughout the country to help increase the advocacy skills of trial lawyers. Through work with chapters and cooperating organizations, the ABOTA Foundation educates lawyers of all experience levels to make them more effective advocates.  

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Civility Matters

One of the primary tenets of ABOTA is a responsibility for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession. Through our Civility Matters program we strive to promote the importance of professional and civil behavior in the practice of law.

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Save Our Juries

Save Our Juries is a public education campaign, aimed at informing and mobilizing citizens in the fight to save our disappearing Seventh Amendment right. Our mission is to protect and preserve the civil jury system. 

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Recent News


Celebrate America’s rule of law and due process legacy secured by an independent judicial branch
July 3, 2018

The following is a message from Cynthia McGuinn, 2018 National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates:

DALLAS (July 3, 2018) — As we celebrate the most historic event in our country, it is a suitable time to pause and to reflect on the system of checks and balances that make our form of government unique in the world. Today that system is being challenged. READ MORE>>

American Board of Trial Advocates urges Executive Branch to alter border immigration policy
June 20, 2018

The American Board of Trial Advocates condemns the forcible separation of children from their parents at the U.S. Border and the detainment of these children in locked facilities.  READ MORE>>


George R. Hillsinger Memorial Service, 11:30 am (Pacific), June 23, 2018
Where: Green Hills Mortuary, 27501 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Reception to follow at:
Where: The Jonathan Club, 545 S. Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  READ MORE>>

ABOTA Foundation Receives Texas Bar Foundation Grant
May 25, 2018

The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates received a grant of $10,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation to support the Teachers Law School, a professional development program for social studies educators from across the country. READ MORE>>

Cynthia McGuinn installed as 2018 ABOTA National President
January 20, 2018
Cynthia McGuinn, partner at Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn of San Francisco, was installed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates at the organization’s National Board Meeting at the Ritz Carlton. McGuinn took the oath of office from Hon. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the State of California. READ MORE>>

Lewis R. Sifford receives Lifetime Achievement Award
January 20, 2018

ABOTA presented its highest honor to former ABOTA President Lewis R. Sifford of Dallas at the National Board Meeting in San Francisco. READ MORE>>