Benefits of Membership

Networking Opportunities
In addition to local chapter special events and seminars, all ABOTA members are invited to attend the four National Board Meetings held each year. ABOTA hosts three domestic National meetings and one international meeting annually. These meetings provide all members an opportunity to be more involved with decision-making in committees, learn about what other chapters are doing, and enjoy world-class special events to network with fellow members. 

Voir Dire
Voir Dire is the award-winning flagship publication of the American Board of Trial Advocates. The magazine is sent to all members of the organization, as well as to state and federal judges and law schools across the country. ABOTA is committed to producing a publication that is legally, journalistically and editorially sound with articles expanding the discussion about the Seventh Amendment, trial advocacy and professional growth. 

ABOTA Briefs email updates
Our e-newsletter provides the accumulating insight of a year’s full-time dedication to serving the interests of ABOTA’s diverse membership across a national landscape of similarly diverse challenges and itineraries. The newsletter is a quickly available forum for chapter news, publications, promotions and pronouncements towards our cherished preservation of the Seventh Amendment.

National Membership Roster
A useful handbook available online as a downloadable file or a searchable database to connect with the ABOTA members across the country. 

ABOTA Logo Use
All members are permitted use of the official ABOTA logo on their individual biography pages on their websites, as well as letterhead and other correspondence to show colleagues and clients the notable achievement of attaining membership in this organization.

American Civil Trial Bar Roundtable Legislative Analysis Fund
The ACTBR is a semi-annual meeting of the nation’s most influential jury trial-focused organizations. It articulates a broad-based consensus among the leadership of America’s civil trial bar and is sponsored by ABOTA. The Fund is sustained by members’ voluntary contributions to support the Roundtable and the consulting fee of ABOTA’s legislative analyst.

Code of Professionalism
A listing of the ethical and professional requirements for the profession of law. It is an appropriate framing for every office and place of focused litigation preparation.

Juror Bill of Rights
A code for the maintenance of the independence and integrity of the jury system itself.

Protocol for Responding to Unfair Criticism of Judges
In a world where judicial independence is more frequently under attack, ABOTA has established a responsive methodology to defend the Third Branch of Government against ignorance, prejudice and political influence.

Chapter Leadership Guide
The National Office has published a number of toolkits, templates, and other guidelines for local chapter activities.

The National Jury Summit
The Summit was held for the first time in 2005 during the presidency of Donna D. Melby, opening the door to a continuing dialogue of effective measures and practical steps to further our commitment to the Seventh Amendment. The National Office has available copies of the talking papers and articles from the Summits.

ABOTA Foundation
The ABOTA Foundation is ABOTA’s charitable education arm dedicated to preserving the Seventh Amendment. The Foundation’s civics and profssional education programs spread this message to thousands of student and lawyer attendees each year. 

National Leadership and Staff
The National President and Officers are always available to respond to your chapter’s invitation to share in your chapter’s efforts to honor our past by preserving our future. ABOTA’s National Past Presidents are also often available to visit your chapter. Your National Officers and staff at the National Office in Dallas are always available as a resource to members to assist with programming and resources. The National Office also provides access to the historical archives and publications from the 60 years of ABOTA work.