ABOTA's Mission
 

The American Board of Trial Advocates is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. First and foremost, ABOTA works to uphold the jury system by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury.

 

Preservation of Trial by Jury

Educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury is the primary goal of the ABOTA Foundation. We have a number of educational programs for teachers and students to preserve the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and to preserve our civil justice system for future generations. 

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Civility Matters

ABOTA is an organization that requires its members to be responsible for elevating the standards of integrity, honor, ethics, civility and courtesy in the legal profession. The mission of the Civility Matters program is to promote the importance of professional and civil behavior in the practice of law.

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Preserving the Independence of the Judiciary

Preserving the quality and independence of the judiciary has been a hallmark of ABOTA’s efforts over the years. ABOTA works to maintain and support public confidence in the judiciary by providing timely assistance to members of the bench in responding to adverse publicity, misinformation, or unwarranted criticism of an individual judge or the judiciary.

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Professional Education Programs

2016 Programs

Masters in Trial
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Denver, Colorado
April 22, 2016
Venue: Denver District Court
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 12, 2016 (Thursday)Venue: Robins Kaplan, LLC
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Los Angeles, California
June 10, 2016
Venue: Southwestern Law School
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Fort Worth, Texas
June 15, 2016 (Wednesday)
In conjunction with the State Bar of TX Annual Conference
Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center
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Palm Beach, Florida
July 8, 2016
In Conjunction with the FLABOTA Annual Conference
Venue:PGA National Resort & Spa
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Houston, Texas
July 22, 2016
Venue: TBD
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Dublin, Ohio
September 9, 2016
Venue: The Conference Center at OCLC
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Tampa, Florida
September 15, 2016
Venue: Stetson University College of Law
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Orlando, Florida
September 16, 2016
Venue: FAMU College of Law
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Detroit, Michigan
September 27, 2016 (Tuesday)
Venue: Wayne State University Law School
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Nebraska
October 26-28, 2016 (Tuesday)
Venue: Embassy Suites Conference Center
In conjunction with the NE State Bar Meeting
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San Francisco, California
October 27, 2016
Venue: Milton Mark's Auditorium
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Seattle, Washington
November 10, 2016 (Thursday)
Venue: Washington Athletic Club
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Sacramento, California
November 18, 2016
Venue: McGeorge School of Law
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New Orleans, Louisiana
December 2, 2016
Venue: Le Petit Theatre
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Public Education

Justice by the People  
Helping educators teach about the importance of trial by jury.

James Otis Lecture Series  
Educating students so they will have knowledge of and respect for the U.S. Constitution.

Teachers Law School  
Teachers attend a modified law school specially designed for them.

Journalist Law School  
Supporting journalists who cover the courts consisting of a free four-day intensive seminar on the legal system. 

Media Law School  
Provides journalists with the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the key stages of civil and criminal proceedings and to learn enough basic law to report accurately on many important issues in the news

Spotlight

Baumberger sworn in as ABOTA National President

KEY LARGO, Fla. (Jan. 16, 2016) — Charles H. (Chuck) Baumberger was sworn in as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates on Jan. 16. Baumberger took the oath of office at the organization’s National Board Meeting from Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente. 

Baumberger was elected to national leadership after long service to ABOTA, most recently as national president-elect and vice president. He was 2011 president of the ABOTA Foundation, expanding Justice By the People, a free, online curriculum for grades five through eight; the James Otis Lecture Series for high school students, and the Teachers Law School to train educators about the justice system and the role of the jury.

Baumberger said his primary goal for the year is to guide ABOTA to reflect America’s evolving population with more women, minorities and younger members.

“Judges and lawyers perform a vital function in our society and a check and balance on our civil justice system,” Baumberger said. “A right to trial by jury is at the core of our democracy, and maintaining the highest standards among our lawyers and judiciary makes for a healthier society.”

In the News

ABOTA presents Courageous Advocacy Award to social justice attorney Morris Dees
Dees becomes the fourth recipient of the Courageous Advocacy Award

DALLAS (Oct. 5, 2015) — The American Board of Trial Advocates will present its Courageous Advocacy Award to Morris Dees, founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, at the organization’s National Board of Directors Meeting in Charleston, SC, on Oct. 10.

ABOTA presents the award to a judge or advocate anywhere in the world who has demonstrated exemplary courage in the representation of clients and a firm commitment to the rule of law, even at great risk to personal freedom and safety.

Morris Dees has spent his career protecting society’s most vulnerable. The United States was founded on the principles of freedom and liberty for all citizens. Mr. Dees saw first-hand in the South that racial equality did not exist. His efforts to form the Southern Poverty Law Center has had far-reaching effects. Now, decades later, the SPLC continues to be a vital opponent against those who promote hatred and intolerance. 

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