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What is the Foundation?
The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates is dedicated to preserve the Constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and our civil justice system for future generations by sponsoring and fostering youth civics education, professional education and training of skilled trial lawyers.
The ABOTA Foundation is...
"Justice for Every Generation"
The mission of the Foundation of ABOTA is to support the purposes of the American Board of Trial Advocates to preserve the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and preserve our civil justice system for future generations.
To achieve the mission, the Trustees of the Foundation will dedicate themselves to accomplish the following:
Masters In Trial Series — training attorneys in the art of trial advocacy
ABOTA National Trial College at Harvard Law School — training trial attorneys
Civility Matters — teaching expectations of civility and professionalism
International education — spreading the message and concept of civil jury trials
Justice by the People — middle school civics lessons focusing on the right to jury trial
In 2006, we partnered with Scholastic, Inc., the largest educational publisher of K-12 educational materials in the United States, and have since reached millions of middle school students by making these materials readily and widely available free of charge to thousands of teachers on www.Scholastic.com. Our funding provides for updates, promotions and pushes from the website to reach teachers throughout the year and make a particular push ahead of Constitution Day each year.
In 2014 we are revising and upgrading the lesson plans to meet Common Core State Standards (CCSS), recently adopted in 45 states. If we fail to do so, Justice by the People will become obsolete to today's educators.
Teachers Law School — providing teachers a crash course in the justice system
In 2014 we are focused on making Teachers Law School both easier for ABOTA chapters to present to their local school districts/teachers and more relevant to teachers given the adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in 45 states. We are working on creating a standard half-day curriculum in CCSS lesson plan format and other outlines of topics of interest to teachers focused on civics education and jury trials. Local chapters will have a ready-made toolkit with half-day curriculum and can choose from a selection of outlined topics or present their own homegrown topics the other half day.
James Otis Lecture Series — providing Constitutional topics for youth scholars
The ABOTA Foundation supports organizations aligned with our mission
Constitutional Rights Foundation; National High School Mock Trial Championships; and other state mock trial competitions
Journalist Law School, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles – teaching legal concepts to improve the quality of legal reporting
Open Forum for Civic Education for Our Youth — Austin, Texas, Oct. 11-12, 2013
Civics Education: Why it Matters to Democracy, Society and You — Harvard Law School, April 1, 2013
National Council for Social Studies Conference — Boston, Nov. 21-24, 2014
National Center for State Courts