Welcome to ABOTA Illinois

United States Constitution – Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Constitution of the State of Illinois


The right of trial by jury as heretofore enjoyed shall
remain inviolate.

Welcome to the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. ABOTA is a national organization of civil trial lawyers comprised of an equal number of plaintiff and defense attorneys who share the common goal of preserving the right to trial by jury afforded by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. ABOTA is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism and civility among the trial bar. Because of ABOTA’s recognition of the importance of an independent judiciary, it vigorously defends judges who have been unfairly criticized, especially since judicial canons often preclude a judge from defending himself or herself.

Membership is limited to attorneys recognized by their peers as practicing law with the highest ethical standards. Members generally must have tried at least 20 civil cases to verdict or have the equivalent experience points. Full details on the experience needed for membership can be found elsewhere on this web page.

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