22nd Annual Convention and Board Inauguration, Chapter Leadership Program and CLE Program

Thursday, July 25 - Saturday, July 27, 2019

Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort, Orlando, Florida

I want to thank everyone for their support and contributions to our organization, our judiciary, our schools & their teachers, and our communities.  As one of the largest ABOTA regions in the country, I hope we can make the biggest difference.  We all need to become more involved in our local chapter’s programs, FLABOTA, National ABOTA, and the ABOTA Foundation. 

We need to reach out and get all members involved in our numerous civics education programs.  We need to expose promising young trial lawyers to aspire to be members in the future. Bring them to a meeting or a function. Take them to trial with you to learn and build a resume to become a member someday.  Likewise, we need to get civics education back in our school's curriculum.

I hope to see you in Orlando at our 22nd Annual Convention to continue our momentum. I welcome the opportunity to attend your Chapter's events as well as meet with the leaders of Chapters that need support.  We as an organization can reach new heights promoting civility, professionalism and civics education. 

Together we can do more, we can do better, but most importantly we can make a difference.  I invite you to join me!

Michael A. Mullen, FLABOTA President


In 1957, the American jury system was under fierce attack by the press, legislators, judges and scholars. California’s Governor, Edmund “Pat” Brown, suggested a commission to hear workers’ compensation, liability and other civil cases. It was this dark cloud – the potential death sentence for the civil jury system – that provided the seeds for the birth of the American Board of Trial Advocates. A handful of young lawyers began an organization (ABOTA) that was “revolutionary,” according to most of their elders. The same forces are at work today as they were in the late 1950′s – some people continue to attempt to dismantle the civil jury system in our country — and the attacks are far less subtle.

The preservation of the civil jury trial, “Justice by the People,” is the primary purpose of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We seek attorneys who display skill, civility and integrity, to help younger attorneys achieve a higher level of trial advocacy and to educate the public about the vital importance of the Seventh Amendment. Thomas Jefferson was of the opinion that the right to trial by a jury of fellow citizens was a more important safeguard of personal liberty than even the right to vote. With a jury, the rights and duties of each of us will be decided by our fellow citizens, not by a bureaucrat or governmental functionary. ABOTA embraces this philosophy of Jefferson and is a leader in the fight to preserve and protect the rights of every American to a jury trial. ABOTA is dedicated to “Justice by the People.”

This documents the video history of FLABOTA since its inception in 1992. Past President Josh Whitman engaged Video Law Services to interview past presidents of FLABOTA, leaders of ABOTA National and others to chronicle FLABOTA’s history, and the excellent video here, is the result.