The American Law Institute 89th Annual Meeting


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  • Life Member Luncheon Honoring New Life and 50-Year Members
    Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 22, 2012 | 02:50 PM

    On behalf of herself and her class co-chair Gregory Joseph, Susan Frelich Appleton introduced a new tradition: the ALI new life member class gift. 74 members of the class of 1987 contributed a total of more than sixty-two thousand dollars, to be used for the Model Penal Code sentencing project, Members Consultative Group travel, and travel assistance for public lawyers.
    In introducing the gift, President Ramo noted that 64% of this year's new members are in attendance at the annual meeting and emphasized the particular value of non-specialist participation in the various projects.
    William F. Lee was the featured speaker from the class of 1987. In his remarks, Bill emphasized the importance of the collaborative process in the ALI's work. Drawing on the popular book The Wisdom of Crowds, Bill described collective action and effort as particularly valuable assets for problem-solving. He encouraged the Institute, now celebrating its 89th year, to embrace the changing face of the legal profession through the same combination of leadership, teamwork, and collective action that it has always valued.
  • Life Member Luncheon (Photos)
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 22, 2012 | 02:32 PM

  • Life Member Luncheon
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 22, 2012 | 02:20 PM

    At a luncheon honoring 2012 Life (25-year) and 50-year Members, Susan Appleton presented the 1987 Class Gift. Bill Lee, a partner at WilmerHale and a Life Member, Class of 1987, spoke about the power of the crowd in law practice and education.
  • International Commercial Arbitration
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 22, 2012 | 02:20 PM

    The membership approved Chapter 1 (Definitions) and Sections 4-1 through 4-25 of Chapter 4 (Post-Award Relief) of the Tentative Draft of the Restatement Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. There was insufficient time to consider the remaining sections of Chapter 4.
  • Update From the ALI Annual Meeting
    Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 22, 2012 | 01:20 PM

    After struggling with Twitter, I am going to post my update the old fashioned way and blog it. The Ad Hoc Committee on Membership Process presented its work thus far and solicited input from the membership in Special Session: A Discussion About Our Membership Process. The Memorandum states that the membership selection process has not changed in the nearly 90 year history of the Institute. As the Elected Membership stands at 2,714 out of the 3,000 Elected Members limit established by the Rules of Council, filling the remaining openings with distinguished and active members dedicated to the work of the Institute is very important. The Council, Committee, and members presented a wide range of views on the current state of both the ALI and the profession. If I have not mentioned someone by name it is solely because of the quick pace of the discussion (sorry . . . Twitter problems).

    Judge Paul Friedman, the Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee, discussed the need for ALI to attract those interested in law reform. A concern frequently raised in the discussion is that ALI may have attracted members in the past with a lack of interest in the work of the Institute. As one member noted, this comment excluded per se all of the active members attending the Annual Meeting and participating in the discussion. Some of the members were specifically concerned with the “resume sticker problem” as one member called it. In other words, to some ALI is just a sticker on the resume for prestige. He urged the Membership Committee to look at barometers like law review citations, participation in educational programs as a speaker, etc.

    How to diversify and attract new members? The success of the Outreach Committee on attracting new members from government, the military, public interest, and public service generally was discussed. One member proposed a one-year probationary period for a candidate for membership to give both the candidate and ALI a taste of being a participating member. Another member discussed time pressures and the inability to come to meetings. It was discussed that ALI is looking at technological innovations to allow members to participate more remotely. However, there is a real concern over loss of candor that is considered essential to the work of meetings.

    It was also noted that San Francisco organized an ALI regional event. ALI is looking to organize more of these regional events. Another member addressed the need to provide more outlets for participation. In other words, how to better engage the membership? I think ALI could use an outreach and mentorship program to help integrate new members into the work of the Institute and introduce them to other members.
  • Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration
    Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 22, 2012 | 11:09 AM

    Late this morning, reporters George Bermann, Christopher Drahozal, and Catherine Rogers presented Tentative Draft No. 2 of the Restatement (Third) of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Early discussion focused on Chapter 1’s definitions. As Professor Rogers aptly noted in response to comments from the floor recommending that additional content be added to some of the definitions, there will always necessarily be a balance between making sure definitions are sufficiently robust to support the important work they do, and ensuring that the definitions are not so lengthy as to be unwieldy. Although some might find the topic of definitions to be a bit dry, I found the discourse to be a fine example of the careful, thoughtful commentary that represents the Institute at its best.
  • Tuesday morning
    Posted By: ALI Staff | May 22, 2012 | 10:59 AM

    Justice William A. Fletcher, who chaired the selection committee for the 2011 ALI Young Scholars Medals, introduced 2011 co-award recipient Jeanne C. Fromer of Fordham University School of Law and New York University School of Law. Professor Fromer gave a presentation on the Intellectual Property Clause's External Limitations. The other 2011 co-award recipient, Oren Bar-Gill of New York University School of Law, made a presentation at last year's Annual Meeting. He will be one of the Reporters for a new ALI project on the law of consumer contracts. President Ramo announced that Justice Goodwin Liu will chair the selection committee for the next Young Scholars Medal. Law school deans are encouraged to submit nominations this summer.

    The session on the proposed amendment to UCC Section 4A-108 was postponed until Wednesday.

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