ALI Annual Meeting This Week

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Your humble blogger is a member of the American Law Institute, attending the annual ALI meeting in San Francisco this week. Readers likely know that ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It publishes the Restatements and other works, including, notably for our readers, the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation.

Highlights of Day 1 included an address by Steve Zack, President of the ABA. We have been privileged to know and work with this excellent lawyer for about 15 years. His tenure as head of the ABA has been marked by a number of important initiatives, and at ALI he spoke of assaults on the important principle of equal justice under law. The down economy, falling tax revenues, etc. have severely impacted access to justice, including to the degree that civil jury trials are indefinitely postponed or excessively delayed in some jurisdictions. Courts are closed, judicial staff let go. Steve closed with a moving story about his grandparents fleeing from the communists in Cuba, heartened by the freedoms and rule of law in the U.S., and noting that they would never be refugees again because if the U.S. legal system collapsed, there would really be no place else to go.

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