American Board of Trial Advocates responds to criticism against judicial system from the Executive Branch
November 4, 2017

The President of the United States has publicly stated that our justice system is a “joke” and a “laughingstock.” His comments are wrong and unfair to those who work in the U.S. justice system. Fairness, justice and due process of law are not laughing matters; rather, these qualities are the bedrock of our democratic system.  READ MORE>>


ABOTA asks senate to continue allowing states to govern med-mal cases
October 20, 2017

The American Board of Trial Advocates has adopted a resolution that calls on the United States Senate to reject the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1215) and any similar legislation, citing the bill’s attempt to thwart traditional state-delegated powers. READ MORE>>


ABOTA National President issues statement on mandatory arbitration clauses
August 14, 2017
The American Board of Trial Advocates strongly urges the United States Senate not to overturn the rule adopted by the CFPB prohibiting forced individual arbitration clauses in consumer financial agreements. These clauses erode Americans’ precious right to trial by jury guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution. READ MORE>>


ABOTA Foundation's Teachers Law School receives NABE LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award
August 10, 2017

The National Association of Bar Executives has awarded the LexisNexis Community & Educational Outreach Award to the ABOTA Foundation for its Teachers Law School program. The award honors outstanding public service and law-related education programs by member bar associations and foundations. READ MORE>>


ABOTA partners with National Bar Association for Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp
July 25, 2017
The American Board of Trial Advocates is proud to partner with the National Bar Association for the Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp on Saturday, July 29, 2017, in Toronto, Ontario. This event takes place during the NBA’s 92nd Annual Convention and Exhibits.

The Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp is a one-day program designed to instruct lawyers on effective, winning trial skills and preparation strategies led by NBA and ABOTA members serving as distinguished faculty.  READ MORE>>


ABOTA defends Judge Rodney Gilstrap from attacks by House Chairman
July 19, 2017
The American Board of Trial Advocates, a non-partisan national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges, opposes the direct personal attacks made by Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, about U.S. District Judge J. Rodney Gilstrap. READ MORE>>


ABOTA defends federal Judge James L. Robart from attacks by President Trump
February 6, 2017

The American Board of Trial Advocates, a non-partisan organization consisting of an equal balance of plaintiff and defense lawyers, opposes the direct and personal attacks made by President Donald J. Trump about U.S. District Senior Judge James L. Robart. READ MORE>>


F. Dulin Kelly sworn in as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates
January 14, 2017
F. Dulin Kelly of the Kelly Law Firm in Hendersonville, Tennessee, was installed as National President of the American Board of Trial Advocates at the organization’s National Board Meeting at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar. Kelly took the oath of office from Patrick C. Simek, who served as National President in 2002. READ MORE>>


ABOTA honors Dean Erwin Chemerinsky with George Wythe Award
January 14, 2017
The American Board of Trial Advocates presented its first George Wythe Award to noted Constitutional professor Erwin Chemerinsky at the National Board Meeting on Jan. 14, 2017. This award, named for an instrumental framer of the Constitution, recognizes distinguished and exceptional instruction in Constitutional law and furthering the right to trial by jury.  READ MORE>>


SAVING THE AMERICAN JURY TRIAL: California Governor, Chief Justice, other leaders gather at Town Hall meeting to discuss solutions to a disappearing Constitutional right
November 21, 2016
Seeking to explore and solve the problem of dwindling civil jury trials in the United States, leaders from across California participated in a Save Our Juries Town Hall on Nov. 18 at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law.  READ MORE>>


ABOTA celebrates the life of Janet Reno
November 15, 2016

The American Board of Trial Advocates celebrates the life of Janet Reno, who passed away on Nov. 7, 2016, by remembering her as an Honorary Diplomate, the highest accolade that ABOTA can award. That award is only presented to those individuals who have attained national or international prominence for outstanding work in our nation’s judicial system.  READ MORE>>


Educators nationwide to get a crash course in the law
September 25, 2016

National Teachers Law School to tackle issues affecting educators, students; federal judges, professors and lawyers to share their knowledge.  READ MORE>>


State Bar of Texas Recognizes David Halpern with the 2016 Nancy L. Garms Memorial Award
June 16, 2016

The State Bar of Texas will present attorney David Halpern with the Nancy L. Garms Memorial Award at its 2016 Annual Meeting in Fort Worth. This award is given to an attorney or judge who demonstrates commitment to law-focused education programs and civic engagement. Halpern is assistant general counsel for Texas A&M University and a national board member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2009, he founded the Teachers Law School, an ABOTA Foundation program that connects legal professionals with educators to provide seminars and roundtables on civics concepts for the classroom. READ MORE>>


ABOTA Foundation receives Texas Bar Foundation grant for National Teachers Law School
June 7, 2016

The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates received a grant of $10,000 from the Texas Bar Foundation to support the National Teachers Law School, a professional development program for social studies educators from across the country. Forty-five leaders in civics and law-related education will attend the National Teachers Law School (NTLS), presented in partnership between the ABOTA Foundation and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The Texas Bar Foundation’s generous support will facilitate the attendance of four Texas educators to this program, which will take place Sept. 30 – Oct. 1. READ MORE>>


ABOTA defends federal district court judge against unfair attacks by a presidential candidate
June 6, 2016

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) is an organization dedicated to the preservation of a fair and impartial judiciary and the right to trial by jury. Recently, we have seen highly publicized attacks by presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, who is a litigant in a case pending before Judge Gonzalo Curiel in Federal District Court in California. These attacks include charges that Judge Curiel, who was born in Indiana, cannot be fair because of his Mexican heritage. Mr. Trump also described the judge as a “hater” because he issued multiple rulings against him. READ MORE>>


ABOTA Presents Courageous Advocacy Award
October 5, 2015

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. READ MORE>>


Gordon Rather Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
May 15, 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. READ MORE>>



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