ABOTA partners with National Bar Association for
Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp
TORONTO (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
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.
“We are excited about our partnership with ABOTA to promote excellence in trial advocacy
through collaboration and education,” said Vanita Banks, Corporate Counsel, Allstate Insurance
Company and Past President of the NBA. “Our inaugural Boot Camp is a unique opportunity for
young and senior attorneys to learn from this nation’s best trial attorneys.” Ms. Banks is the
Chair of the NBA Civil Trial Advocacy Section hosting the Boot Camp.
The NBA was founded in 1925 and is the nation's oldest and largest national network of
predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of
approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized
around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout
the United States and around the world.
"This is a collaboration that is long overdue,” said John E. Sweeney, Principal at The Sweeney
Firm in Beverly Hills, California, and participating faculty for the event. “Two prestigious
organizations working together to increase African-America membership in ABOTA. As a
member of both the NBA and ABOTA, I can attest that this is a win-win arrangement for all."
ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of premier plaintiff and defense civil trial attorneys
across the country dedicated to preserving the civil jury trial, promoting civility and integrity in
the profession and helping younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy. With a
number of members in ABOTA and the NBA, this program is a natural collaboration.
“ABOTA believes that the collective efforts of the NBA and ABOTA will make great strides to
reverse the decline of the American civil jury trial,” said F. Dulin Kelly, National President of
He said the national decline in trials, both criminal and civil, is a disturbing trend within the
judicial system. “Joint programs with partner organizations will further our efforts to add
qualified lawyers to the ranks.”
The NBA Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp will provide lawyers with five hours of continuing
legal education credit. This program is co-sponsored with the NBA Young Lawyers and the
Small Firms and Solo Practitioners Divisions.
About the American Board of Trial Advocates
Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges.
ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial
right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. ABOTA membership
consists of more than 7,600 lawyers — equally balanced between plaintiff and defense — and
judges spread among 97 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.