TEX-ABOTA Plans James Otis Lecture Series for September 17, 2015

TEX-ABOTA, the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, will commemorate Constitution Day 2015 with the fourth James Otis Lecture in the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives at the State Capitol. The program has been a tremendous success with students, teachers and TEX-ABOTA members.

Students from across Texas may be nominated by a teacher, relative, neighbor, administrator or friend to attend the day’s event, to be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2015. That is actually Constitution Day in the United States.

Dr. H.W. Brands will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Brands will talk about his new book, “Reagan: The Life”, to go on sale May 12, 2015.  Each of the students will be given a copy of the book to read before the event.

Dr. Brands is an American educator, author and historian. He has authored 25 books on U.S. history and biography. He is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 1985. His works have twice been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Attendees will meet at the Texas Capitol (1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701) at around 9:00am. (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Students will then take guided tours of the House of Representatives and the Senate Chambers, in three groups.

After Dr. Brands’ presentation, there will be a lunch at the historic First United Methodist Church just across the street from the Capitol, where Dr. Brands will sign his book for the students.

The group should be adjourned by about 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the organization, visit http://www.tex-abota.org/

Here is the tentative agenda:

Program for the Day

9:00 a.m. Students arrive and register

9:30 a.m. Tours of the Capitol (in 2 groups)

10:45 a.m. Students are seated on the floor of the House

11:00 a.m. TEX-ABOTA and ABOTA representatives speak to the students

11:05- 11:10 0r 11:15  ABOTA Foundation and efforts with Youth

11:15 Introduction of Dr. Brands

11:15 Dr. Brands addresses the students 

12:00 Head to Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church (walking distance)

12:15 Lunch (sandwiches) is served

1:00 Certificates as a James Otis Lecture Scholar presented
to students

1:45-2:00 End of program, students released then or at 3:00 p.m.

TEX-ABOTA, the Texas Chapters of the American Board of Trial Advocates, will commemorate Constitution Day 2015 with the fourth James Otis Lecture in the chambers of the Texas House of Representatives at the State Capitol. The program has been a tremendous success with students, teachers and TEX-ABOTA members.

Students from across Texas may be nominated by a teacher, relative, neighbor, administrator or friend to attend the day’s event, to be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2015. That is actually Constitution Day in the United States.

Dr. H.W. Brands will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Brands will talk about his new book, “Reagan: The Life”, to go on sale May 12, 2015.  Each of the students will be given a copy of the book to read before the event.

Dr. Brands is an American educator, author and historian. He has authored 25 books on U.S. history and biography. He is the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and a Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his Ph.D. in history in 1985. His works have twice been selected as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

Attendees will meet at the Texas Capitol (1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701) at around 9:00am. (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Students will then take guided tours of the House of Representatives and the Senate Chambers, in three groups.

After Dr. Brands’ presentation, there will be a lunch at the historic First United Methodist Church just across the street from the Capitol, where Dr. Brands will sign his book for the students.

The group should be adjourned by about 3:00 p.m.

For more information on the organization, visit http://www.tex-abota.org/

Here is the tentative agenda:

Program for the Day

9:00 a.m. Students arrive and register

9:30 a.m. Tours of the Capitol (in 2 groups)

10:45 a.m. Students are seated on the floor of the House

11:00 a.m. TEX-ABOTA and ABOTA representatives speak to the students

11:05- 11:10 0r 11:15  ABOTA Foundation and efforts with Youth

11:15 Introduction of Dr. Brands

11:15 Dr. Brands addresses the students 

12:00 Head to Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church (walking distance)

12:15 Lunch (sandwiches) is served

1:00 Certificates as a James Otis Lecture Scholar presented
to students

1:45-2:00 End of program, students released then or at 3:00 p.m.


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