The American Law Institute 89th Annual Meeting


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  • Transnational Insolvency
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 03:59 PM

    At the end of the meeting, Reporters Ian F. Fletcher and Bob Wessels presented a report on Global Principles for Cooperation in International Insolvency Cases and Global Guidelines for Court-to-Court Communications in International Insolvency Cases. The report concludes ALI's work on this project, which is a joint effort with the International Insolvency Institute to extend and disseminate the work from ALI's project on Transnational Insolvency: Principles of Cooperation Among the NAFTA Countries (2003).
  • Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes
    Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 23, 2012 | 02:54 PM

    This afternoon's discussion of the Principles of Election Law project, as led by Reporters Edward B. Foley and Steven F. Huefner, centered on the Model Calendar for the Resolution of Disputed Presidential Elections and Expedited Procedures for an Unresolved Presidential Election. The proposals included a dedicated tribunal for the resolution of election-day disputes, as well as a series of principles to govern early voting.
  • Trevor Potter Addresses the Membership Luncheon
    Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 23, 2012 | 02:30 PM

    Today 's membership luncheon featured remarks by Trevor Potter, who currently leads the Political Law practice group at Caplin & Drysdale 's Washington, DC office and was formerly chairman of the Federal Election Commission. His address provided an introduction to the afternoon session on election law.

    In introducing Mr. Potter, President Ramo noted that these discussions about protections for the democratic process, including election law, are as important for our time as the civil rights discussions and reform were to their time.

    Mr. Potter 's remarks opened with a lively clip from the Colbert Report showing Potter 's appearance and explanation of SuperPACs and 501(c)(4)s. He painted the picture of a campaign finance environment "too surreal to be true" and emphasized that negative ads are effective in depressing voter turnout for the attacked candidate even by viewers who dislike the attacking candidate. Our current system, as he noted, has created such fund-raising pressure for candidates that staff are largely and increasingly left in the position of formulating policy.

    In turning to the impact of the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court case, Potter identified what he characterized as three fundamental mistakes. He also urged the balancing of the personal right of free speech with the collective right to a functional and effective representational government. Potter noted that Citizens United was decided by a Court that included no member who had previously held elective office.

    He cautioned the group that questions of campaign finance reform are close, complicated issues of constitutional interpretation requiring precise analysis and close attention, likening the Court 's Citizens United approach to the judicial use of a machete.

    In closing, and noting that the parties agree that a problem exists but are greatly divided as to a solution, Potter called for the serious consideration of potential legislative solutions, which might include reforming the Federal Election Commission, reforming lobbying regulations, and a effective public funding system for candidates.
  • Attorney General Holder 's Remarks
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 02:30 PM

    Attorney General Holder's remarks at this morning's session are available on the Department of Justice website .
  • Wednesday Luncheon (Photos)
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 02:18 PM

  • Wednesday Luncheon
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 02:09 PM

    At lunch, Trevor Potter, a member of Caplin & Drysdale's Washington office and former commissioner and chairman of the Federal Election Commission, spoke about campaign finance in a post-Citizens United world. (You may have seen him on the Colbert Report -- he represents Stephen Colbert and his SuperPAC, "Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow").
  • Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 12:30 PM

    As planned, no vote was taken on the draft of the Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance, but the Reporters and members had a useful discussion about the project.
  • Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance
    Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 23, 2012 | 10:59 AM

    Late this morning, Reporters Tom Baker and Kyle Logue presented Chapter One of the current Discussion Draft of this new Principles project. The topic of Chapter One is Basic Liability Insurance Contract Principles. Although this is a Principles project rather than a Restatement, the Reporters emphasized that this project has generally closely tracked current law. To this end, one early comment from the floor was a suggestion that the Institute may wish to reconceptualize the project as an Restatement. Other early comments addressed the appropriate boundaries of "commercial" and "noncommercial" policies and the Reporters' decision to avoid the term "doctrine of reasonable expectations."
  • UCC Article 4A
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 10:59 AM

    The proposed amendment to UCC Section 4A-108 was approved by the membership. After approval by the Uniform Law Commission, which is expected in June, it will be part of the official text of the UCC.
  • Model Penal Code
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 23, 2012 | 10:59 AM

    Stephen J. Schulhofer of New York University School of Law led a discussion of a proposed new project to update the Model Penal Code provisions on sexual assault crimes (Article 213).