SEATTLE, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sim Osborn, a well-recognized Seattle-based trial attorney has been elected president of the Washington state American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) chapter, assuming the role from outgoing president Andrew Bohrnsen.
ABOTA is a national organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right.
Osborn is a partner at Osborn Machler, PLLC, a Seattle personal injury and civil litigation law firm. He first joined ABOTA in 2003 and has been deeply involved with the organization ever since; he was a member of the ABOTA national board from 2011 to 2013 and has served on the ABOTA Washington state executive council since 2010. ABOTA also named Osborn Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011.
The chapter also named several other positions. Michael Wampold has been elected the chapter's president-elect. In addition, Lisa Machese has been elected vice president, Chris Anderson as treasurer, Liz Leedom as membership chair, Ray Dearie as secretary, and Andrew Kinstler will be the chapter's new national board representative.
"Over the years, it's hard to think of anyone more actively involved with the organization than Sim," said Andrew Bohrnsen, outgoing president of the ABOTA Washington state chapter. "His advocacy and leadership have been invaluable assets for us and I am confident that, going forward, our chapter will be steered by very able hands."
In assuming his new role, Osborn will continue spearheading the "Civics Education for Justice" initiative, which matches one of the organization's member attorneys with a Washington high school in need of a civics teacher, free of charge. Where funding for a civics class may not be available, member attorneys can step in, drawing upon their own experiences and insights from within the legal system to help students understand their government and how they can participate in it—relieving financial pressures bearing upon Washington school districts in the process.
"Civics Education for Justice" is jointly sponsored by ABOTA, the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) and the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL).
"As a lifelong advocate of trial law, I'm honored to have been elected the new president of our local American Board of Trial Advocates chapter," said Osborn. "I know firsthand the great, necessary work that this organization does—I hope to follow Andrew's example and continue empowering our members and our community to play an active, healthy role in our judiciary and government."
A tireless champion for charitable causes within the Puget Sound community, Osborn has served on the Board of Trustees of the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club, the Seattle University Alumni Board, the Kirkland Merchants, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Providence Hospital Foundation. He has also been active with the Special Olympics and the Leukemia Society of America, and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Whitman College.
Osborn graduated from Whitman College with a bachelor's of arts in 1980 and received his juris doctor from the Seattle University School of Law (formerly the University of Puget Sound School of Law) in 1984.
For more information about the American Board of Trial Advocates, please visit their website https://www.abota.org/.
About the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA):
Founded in 1957, the American Board of Trial Advocates is a group dedicated towards elevating the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy and the legal profession through education and training of trial lawyers. Over its fifty year history, the group has consistently fought to preserve and protect the right to a jury trial in its mission to provide "Justice by the People" for all. Find more at https://www.abota.org/
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