BOSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being
issued by the American Board of Trial Advocates:
Law Day Reception hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American
Board of Trial Advocates.
Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Mitchell Sikora, Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court,
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
Christopher Duggan (617) 228-4444
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
"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.
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