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DALLAS, July 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing that there is a pressing need within the legal profession for lawyers who can combine skill and integrity in the courtroom, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the National Bar Association have again joined forces to organize the Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp. The program, which has become a summer tradition for both associations, will take place at Memphis, TN.during NBA 97e Annual convention and exhibitions on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

The Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp is a one-day program designed to teach attorneys effective, winning trial skills and preparation strategies. It is led by members of the NBA and ABOTA as teachers.

“I am thrilled that we are partnering with ABOTA again this year for this phenomenal program,” said Vanita M. Banks, former NBA president and chair of the Civil Rights Defense Section. “As we strive to increase diversity and inclusion, our collaboration is a win-win and benefits both our organizations.”

One of the topics covered in the Boot Camp will be the “Role of Race and Bias in the American Justice System: Why Diversity in Lawyers, Judges, and Juries Matters.” The session, moderated by John E. Sweeney, will focus on the state of diversity in the legal profession and the role of race and bias in the American justice system. Mr. Sweeney will explain why diverse lawyers, judges and juries matter, and examine the biases implicit in the legal profession and how to combat them.

Faculty members for the subject will include the former NBA president Michel S.Rosierwho is the director of the Rosier law firm in Maryland and washington d.c.; and former NBA President HT Smithwho is director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Florida International University Faculty of Law of Miami.

“This collaboration is important to ABOTA and, as co-chair of the ABOTA Membership Diversity Committee, I am delighted to serve as a teacher for the program,” said Mr. Sweeney, Director of The Sweeney Firm in Beverly Hills, California., and life member of the NBA. “We are proud of this continued partnership between the NBA and ABOTA as we continue to train lawyers across the country.”

“The collaboration between top NBA and ABOTA litigators in delivering this program is a natural fit, providing learning opportunities for participants,” said Lewis R. Sifford, national president of ABOTA. “Cultivating the spirit of camaraderie and fraternity between our organizations helps advance our respective missions.

The NBA Civil Trial Advocacy Boot Camp will provide attorneys with four credit hours of continuing legal education. This program is co-sponsored by the NBA Civil Trial Advocacy Section and Law Professors Division.

The program will include a fireside chat with John E. Sweeney: The man who exposed LA’s notorious sheriff gangs. The chat will be moderated by Ms. Banks.

The final session is titled, Emerging Trends in Civil Litigation: Opportunities and Challenges, which will be moderated by the former NBA President. Alfreda RobinsonAssociate Dean for Trial Advocacy at george washington university Faculty of Law, washington d.c.. Faculty members will be Tamara F LawsonToni Rembe Designated Dean and Professor of Law, University of Washington Faculty of Law, President, Faculty of Law Division and Full Board Member;
Mario Barnes, professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, Vice President, Law Professors Division.

About the National Bar Association

The NBA was founded in 1925 and is the oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American lawyers and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliated chapters across United States and the world.

About the American Board of Trial Advocates

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced lawyers and magistrates. ABOTA and its members are dedicated to preserving and promoting the right to a civil jury trial provided by the Seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. ABOTA’s membership consists of more than 7,300 attorneys — evenly split between plaintiff and defense — and judges spread across 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Colombia. For more information, visit

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SOURCE American Board of Trial Advocates