BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the American Board of Trial Advocates: Event: Law Day Reception hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Where: Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m. Date: Thursday, May 1, 2008 Keynote Speaker: Mitchell Sikora, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Boston Noted Speakers: William C. Callaham, 2008 ABOTA National President, of the Sacramento, Calif., law firm of Dreyer, Babich, Buccola & Callaham John L. Holcomb, 2008 ABOTA National President-elect, of the Tampa, Fla., law firm of Hill Ward Henderson Joel W. Collins, 2008 President of the ABOTA Foundation of the Columbia, S.C., law firm of Collins and Lacy RSVP: Christopher Duggan (617) 228-4444 PURPOSE: ABOTA members seek to achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment. In 1958, a small group of lawyers formed ABOTA to thwart attacks from California's then governor, who wanted to eliminate the jury system. Since then, ABOTA has grown into a national organization of more than 6,300 members and 93 chapters. ABOTA's charitable arm -- the ABOTA Foundation -- was formed in 1993 to continue ABOTA's mission through its professional education program and promoting trial by jury in the nation's school systems. Comments: "The challenges we face in the task of protecting and preserving our precious right to trial by jury are increasing dramatically," Callaham said. "We have all seen escalating attacks on the jury system and the judiciary. ABOTA has had some satisfying success in defending unwarranted attacks on the independence of our judicial officers, both nationally and at the local level." "We continue to increase our efforts in preserving the independence of our judiciary and our Seventh Amendment jury trial rights." Callaham added that one of the attributes of ABOTA that makes it unique is the balance between plaintiff and defense lawyers. About ABOTA: ABOTA and its members are dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the 7th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Foundation of ABOTA is an affiliated charitable entity, the mission of which is to support the purposes of ABOTA through education and research. ABOTA publishes Voir Dire magazine, which features in-depth articles on current and historical issues related to constitutional rights, in particular the 7th Amendment right to trial by jury.
SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates