ABOTA is the American Board of Trial Advocates. Since 1958 this national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges have dedicated themselves to preserving and promoting the right to civil jury trials that is set forth in the 7th Amendment of the United States Constitution. This organization was created at a time when many people were feeling dissatisfied with their court system.Courts were clogged-cases were taking too long. The Governor of California at the time was proposing a commission to hear various types of civil cases-instead of the court system. ABOTA was created to combat that and fight for a better civil justice system.ABOTA was developed with two main goals;the protection of the right to trial by jury in civil actions and the promotion of professionalism in the civil justice system. ABOTA seeks to provide young attorneys with tools to better themselves professionally and educate citizens about the importance of the right to trial by jury.
Abota Miami strives to be like its parent organization, working tirelessly to elevate the standards of professionalism, integrity, and civility in the legal profession. Their purpose is to provide a forum for discussion which trial lawyers can have an active voice in. They sponsor numerous educational programs for both students,teachers and attorneys to aid and improve methods of procedure for our present trial court system. ABOTA is an invitation only association.They are very selective with the individuals they give this honor to. To be accepted into the American Board Of Trial Advocates, there are 3 levels of approval a perspective member must pass. 75 percent of the executive board of the local chapter must all say yes for you to become a member; 75 percent of the local chapter present and voting must vote yes and 75 percent of the national board present and voting must approve.. Receiving new members isn’t something ABOTA takes lightly; they want to make sure that anyone that gets accepted into their chapter meets the high standards that they require.To be considered for ABOTA, a candidate must have tried the requisite number of trials to verdict and demonstrate a reputation for the highest ethical behavior and professionalism.The make up of ABOTA is half Plaintiff-half Defense lawyers. It’s comprised of some of the most experienced trial lawyers who have reputations for excellence, professionalism, and for serving their clients ethically while getting the best results.
Jeffrey R. Davis was invited to join Abota Miami because of his years of experience providing personalized legal service while protecting his clients’ rights. He is proud to emphasize what ABOTA Miami is about, which is improving the field of advocacy and helping individuals receive effective representation with the highest standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy that legal professionals have to offer.