CAL-ABOTA Civics Education

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is a national, invitation-only organization consisting of more than 7,500 trial lawyers from across the country. ABOTA's primary mission is to preserve the right to a civil jury trial as guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. CAL-ABOTA is the regional state chapter of ABOTA, comprised of eight chapters.

We believe that teachers are the primary guardians of democracy. Through their knowledge and skills, they teach the next generation about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 


Recognizing the integral role that teachers play in the defense of liberty, the ABOTA Foundation has created resources and opportunities for teachers and students to grow in their knowledge of the Constitution, the judicial system and civic engagement.

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Check out the Civics Video Gallery for presentations on key civics and law-related topics!


ABOTA's Teachers Law School program is designed for middle and high school educators with an interest in prioritizing civics and law-related education in the classroom. The TLS sessions provide teachers with valuable civics and law-related education content to help students better understand and appreciate the value, relevance and impact of the Constitution, our system of government and citizenship. 

Through ABOTA’s Teachers Law School, some of the best and brightest members of the bench and bar, who live and work with the law every day, share practical realities of the civil and criminal law procedures and systems.

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The James Otis Lecture Series is a program about the United States Constitution, designed to allow schools to comply with the requirements of the federal statute creating Constitution Day. This law requires all federally-assisted schools, both public and private, to provide educational programs each year around the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

America has a long and proud history shaped by lawyers and judges who have made lasting contributions to the rule of law, to the process of self government, and to the preservation of our precious individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Over the years, many Americans have sacrificed their lives or suffered great personal loss to advance the cause of liberty. As part of our program, we acknowledge the great debt we owe to our Founding Fathers and to these patriots.

This program is designed as a field trip and enrichment experience for students. 

For a complete list of programs, visit


For more information:

Tamara S. Franco
ABOTA Foundation
(214) 239-0226


Get to know the ABOTA Chapters of California

Board of Directors

Connect with an ABOTA member in your local chapter to schedule a guest speaker or find out more about ABOTA resources.
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  • California Coast
    Roger Frederickson
    Frederickson Pick, LLP
    (805) 541-4900
  • Los Angeles
    John K. Courtney
    Girardi & Keese
    (213) 977-0211
  • Orange County
    Michael P. Maguire
    Michael P. Maguire & Associates
    (714) 435-7500
  • Sacramento Valley
    Douglas P. Adams
    Adams & Corzine
    (916) 983-3900
  • San Diego
    Stephen C. Grebing
    Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP
    (619) 232-8151
  • San Bernardino/Riverside
    Bryan R. Reid
    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
    (909) 387-1130
  • San Francisco
    Wilma J. Gray
    McNamara, Ney, Beatty, Slattery, Borges & Ambacher, LLP
    (925) 939-5330
  • San Joaquin Valley
    Andrew R. Weiss
    Weiss-Salinas Law Group, Inc.
    (559) 438-2080