Steven W. Quattlebaum has been chosen to chair the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) COVID-19 Task Force, which will address issues related to the problems impacting the legal profession, the judicial system, and the public. The assembled team consists of ABOTA National Board members representing a balance of plaintiff and defense members from a broad scope of the country.
The task force will consider items that will be helpful to courts and lawyers, witnesses and jurors. With courthouses around the country experiencing closures, stays, and a deferral of trials, ABOTA aims to help guide the administration of civil trials while addressing concerns for COVID-19. Another goal of the task force is to provide judges with a resource addressing the issues involved, including options for conducting hearings and non-jury trials, technology that allows for jury trials with jurors participating remotely, and constitutional issues related to the Seventh Amendment.
Founded in 1958, ABOTA is a national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial right provided by the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Membership is by invitation only and consists of more than 7,600 lawyers – equally balanced between plaintiff and defense – and judges spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
A founding member of Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC, Steve’s primary areas of practice are complex business, toxic tort, and products liability litigation.