American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
Michael F. Ball, San Joaquin Valley Chapter, Past-President and Board Member
Mario L. Beltramo, Board Member
Lowell T. Carruth and Lawrence E. Wayte, Diplomate
John M. Dunn, Matthew K. Hawkins, Gregory S. Mason, David R. McNamara, Gordon M. Park, Timothy R. Sullivan, Michael G. Woods, Members
The general purposes of this Association shall be to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.
The specific purposes of this Association are:
(1) To elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession;
(2) To aid in further education and training of trial lawyers; to work for the preservation of our jury system; to improve methods of procedure of our present trial court system; to serve as an informational center; to discuss and study matters of interest to trial lawyers; to advance the skill of its members as trial attorneys; to honor the members of the Association who have the requisite qualifications; to provide a forum for the expression of interests common to trial lawyers and to act as an agency through which trial lawyers in general, and members of the Association in particular, shall have a voice with which to speak concerning matters of common and general interest;
(3) To establish relations and cooperate with other legal organizations and associations for the purposes of promoting the efficient administration of justice and constant improvement of the law;
(4) To cultivate a spirit of loyalty, fellowship, and professionalism among our members; to advance the interests of the members of the Association professionally and to enable trial lawyers as a group to have an active association of standing in the community and nation through which they may learn and be heard.