Benefits of Membership
In addition to local chapter special events and seminars, all
ABOTA members are invited to attend the four National
Board Meetings held each year. ABOTA hosts three domestic
National meetings and one international meeting annually.
These meetings provide all members an opportunity to be
more involved with decision-making in committees, learn
about what other chapters are doing, and enjoy world-class
special events to network with fellow members.
Voir Dire is the award-winning flagship publication of the
American Board of Trial Advocates. The magazine is sent
to all members of the organization, as well as to state and
federal judges and law schools across the country. ABOTA
is committed to producing a publication that is legally,
journalistically and editorially sound with articles expanding
the discussion about the Seventh Amendment, trial advocacy
and professional growth.
ABOTA Briefs email updates
Our e-newsletter provides the accumulating insight of a year’s
full-time dedication to serving the interests of ABOTA’s
diverse membership across a national landscape of similarly
diverse challenges and itineraries. The newsletter is a quickly
available forum for chapter news, publications, promotions
and pronouncements towards our cherished preservation of
the Seventh Amendment.
ABOTA Logo Use
All members are permitted use of the official ABOTA logo on
their individual biography pages on their websites, as well as
letterhead and other correspondence to show colleagues and
clients the notable achievement of attaining membership in
American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable
Legislative Analysis Fund
The ACTBR is a semi-annual meeting of the nation’s most
influential jury trial-focused organizations. It articulates a
broad-based consensus among the leadership of America’s civil
trial bar and is sponsored by ABOTA. The Fund is sustained by
members’ voluntary contributions to support the Roundtable
and the consulting fee of ABOTA’s legislative analyst.
Code of Professionalism
A listing of the ethical and professional requirements for the
profession of law. It is an appropriate framing for every office
and place of focused litigation preparation.
Juror Bill of Rights
A code for the maintenance of the independence and integrity
of the jury system itself.
Protocol for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges
In a world where judicial independence is more frequently under
attack, ABOTA has established a responsive methodology to
defend the Third Branch of Government against ignorance,
prejudice and political influence.
Chapter Leadership Guide
The National Office has published a number of toolkits,
templates, and other guidelines for local chapter activities.
The National Jury Summit
The Summit was held for the first time in 2005 during the
presidency of Donna D. Melby, opening the door to a
continuing dialogue of effective measures and practical steps
to further our commitment to the Seventh Amendment. The
National Office has available copies of the talking papers and
articles from the Summits.
The ABOTA Foundation is ABOTA’s charitable education
arm dedicated to preserving the Seventh Amendment. The
Foundation’s civics and professional education programs spread
this message to thousands of student and lawyer attendees
National Leadership and Staff
The National President and Officers are always available to
respond to your chapter’s invitation to share in your chapter’s
efforts to honor our past by preserving our future. ABOTA’s
National Past Presidents are also often available to visit your
chapter. Your National Officers and staff at the National
Office in Dallas are always available as a resource to members
to assist with programming and resources. The National Office
also provides access to the historical archives and publications
from the 60 years of ABOTA work.