Fifth Provost Umphrey Attorney Named to American Board of Trial Advocates

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Provost Umphrey equity partner Bryan O. Blevins Jr. was recently named a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Blevins joins Keith Hyde, Zona Jones, D’Juana Parks and James Payne in ABOTA membership. ABOTA membership is obtained only through invitation, and Provost Umphrey is honored to have five of its 22 attorneys as ABOTA members.

The primary purpose of ABOTA is to help preserve the civil justice system. Through education and training, ABOTA helps to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession. 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 the right to vote. With a jury, the rights and duties of each of individual will be decided by fellow citizens, not by a bureaucrat or governmental functionary. ABOTA agrees with Jefferson and is a leader in the fight to preserve and protect the right to a jury trial. ABOTA is dedicated to “Justice by the People.” Blevins is no stranger to the fight to protect the 7th Amendment Right to Trial by Jury. As Immediate Past President of Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Blevins helped launched the “7th Amendment” campaign to raise awareness of the right to civil jury trial.

ABOTA is one of the many organizations both the firm and its attorneys devote time and resources. Other notable partnerships include: Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Jefferson County Bar Association, Jefferson County Young Lawyers Association, Texas Bar Foundation and the American Association for Justice.

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