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

2015 Programs

Masters in Trial
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
July 17, 2015
Venue: Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa
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Masters in Trial
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Dallas / Fort Worth
August 21, 2015
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Opening Statements and Closing Arguments
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Nashville, Tennessee
August 28, 2015
Venue: AT&T Tennessee
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Masters in Trial
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Columbus, Ohio
September 11, 2015
Venue: The Conference Center at OCLC
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Trial
Montclair, New Jersey 
September 12, 2015
Venue: Montclair State University
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Trial
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California Coast
October 16, 2015
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Trial
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Atlanta, Georgia
November 6, 2015
Venue: King and Spalding Confrence Center
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Trial
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Seattle, Washington
November 12, 2015
Date, venue subject to change
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Masters in Trial
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Sacramento, California
November 20, 2015
Venue: McGeorge School of Law
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Masters in Trial
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New Orleans, Louisiana
December 5, 2015
Date, venue subject to change
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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. 
 

Spotlight
Save Our Juries is an ABOTA initiative aimed at educating the public about the Seventh Amendment and the forces that are chipping away at this Constitutional right. The success and sustainability of Save Our Juries rests on ABOTA members.
 
This is a call to action. Help fulfill the mission of Save Our Juries and, ultimately, the mission of ABOTA, by preserving our Seventh Amendment right. To mobilize the public and attract the necessary attention to this issue, ABOTA must drive this initiative forward.
 
Please visit www.SaveOurJuries.org to find out how you can help.
In the News

ABOTA presents Lifetime Achievement Award to Arkansas lawyer Gordon S. Rather, Jr.
1996 National President honored at National Board Meeting with organization’s highest honor

SAN FRANCISCO (May 2, 2015) — The American Board of Trial Advocates presented its highest honor --the ABOTA Lifetime Achievement Award -- to former ABOTA National President Gordon S. Rather, Jr., at the organization’s National Board of Directors Meeting.

Mr. Rather is a longtime ABOTA member and Little Rock, Ark., lawyer. His ABOTA career began in 1981 when he was admitted into the invitation-only association. He is a past president of the Arkansas Chapter, and he served as National President of ABOTA in 1996.

Mr. Rather has been a fixture within ABOTA and has served as chair or co-chair of numerous committees. He has served on ABOTA’s Executive Committee multiple times and was the first chair of ABOTA’s Presidential Task Force, formed in 2010. He was also the first recipient of the ABOTA Foundation’s Mark P. Robinson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. In 2010, Mr. Rather served as one of the first faculty members of the inaugural ABOTA National Trial College, held on the campus of Princeton University and later at Harvard Law School in 2012 and 2014.

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