What is the American Board of Trial Advocates?

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May 10, 2017
Colson Hicks Eidson

The American Board of Trial Advocates is a body made up of lawyers representing both sides of the courtroom, as well as judges. One of its main goals is to educate citizens of the United States of America about their judicial rights and how the courtroom operates. This is one of the most important fundamentals of our justice system, and attorney Joseph Kalbac explains more in this video.

Video Transcription:

The American Board of Trial Advocates, commonly referred to as ABOTA, is a national organization that is made up equally of attorneys who have practiced on the defense side, as well as the plaintiff side, as well as judges. ABOTA’s mission is to protect the 7th amendment of the United States Constitution and the independence of the judiciary. The independence of the judges from what we’re seeing a lot of. For example, you’re seeing a lot of politics getting injected into the election of judges, or the challenging of judges that aren’t doing things that the politicians like.  We take a lot of positions around the country and in Washington DC on anything that might challenge a person’s right to a jury trial. But, the most important thing we’ve done recently and are doing, and pouring tons of resources and effort into, is educating America. We educate teachers. We have a teacher’s law school to educate teachers on what the constitution provides, as well as what the court system is. We’re educating children. Shockingly, up until recently, our children in the United States did not receive civil education. They didn’t receive social studies education. They weren’t taught about how our system works. And without knowing how our system works, you don’t know what you’re giving up. And you don’t know what your rights are as an American. My name is Joe Kalbac, if you need more information, please call me at 305-476-7400. Or call our firm, Colson Hicks Eidson, at the same number. Or feel free to visit our website at www.colson.com.