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The Southeastern Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (SEABOTA) was formed in 2004 to unite the members of local American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) chapters in the ten states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Virginia.

The general purposes of ABOTA are 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 that the general public may benefit from a more efficient administration of justice, consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation.

As a regional chapter, SEABOTA has a substantial number of members who, through the exchange of information, can and do provide a consolidated voice in matters of importance to the legal profession in our region. In addition, a regional approach enables our southern members, with a sometimes geographically different perspective, to present a tailored approach to the promotion of ABOTA’s goals of preserving the Seventh Amendment and the enhancement of the honor of our noble profession through our ideals of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.

The growth of SEABOTA from its inception to its present established existence has shown that there is great interest in the regional approach to the advancement of ABOTA’s mission. The ability of local chapters to more easily exchange ideas, coupled with the inspiration and energy that is generated though an association with a chapter that is active and progressive is a valid reason to proclaim this unique regional concept an unqualified success. Several of our chapters have been recognized as Chapters of the Year by national ABOTA, and those less active chapters are becoming enthused by seeing a contiguous state’s chapters undertake innovative plans and exciting projects.

Please feel free to contact any of the officers below directly:

Clinton L. Kelly
The Kelly Firm
629 East Main Street
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Phone: (615) 681-0508

David M. Duke
Young Moore
P. O. Box 31627
Raleigh, NC 27622
Phone: (919) 782-6860


Edward G. Bowron
Vice President
Ed Bowron Law LLC
PO Box 34
Mobile, AL 36601
Phone: (251) 338-4282

S. Lester Tate, III
Akin & Tate
P. O. Box 876
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: (770) 382-0781

Charles A. Bentley, Jr.
Bentley Law Offices, P.A.
3200 Croasdaile Dr., Suite 606
Durham, NC 27705

Phone: (919) 682-3700


John A. Banahan
Immediate Past President
Bryan, Nelson, Schroeder, Castigliola & Banahan
P. O. Box 1529
Pascagoula, MS 39568
Phone: (228) 762-6631

Patty Cavanaugh
Executive Director
866 Shelter Cove Court
Columbia, SC  29212
Cell:  803-397-4911
Home:  803-407-0311