Be sure to check back with Appellate Strategist beginning on Monday, when I’ll be live-blogging the Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute from Washington D.C. In addition to posts here, I’ll be one of a group of ALI members blogging the meeting on the ALI’s blog.
The ALI was founded in 1923. Membership is by election only, and is limited to 3,000 worldwide. Members include private practitioners, senior in-house attorneys, appellate judges, both from the U.S. and overseas, tenured law professors and senior government attorneys.
As many of our readers know, since the ALI's founding, members of the Institute have developed and published the Restatements of the Law. For over 50 years, the ALI has collaborated with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in preparing the Uniform Commercial Code. Other ALI projects have resulted in the development of the Model Code of Evidence, the Model Penal Code, the Model Code of Pre-Arraignment Procedure, the Model Land Development Code, and the proposed Federal Securities Code.
The ALI has a busy schedule of debates planned for the three days of the Meeting. On Monday, the members will discuss the Model Penal Code: Sentencing and amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code. Tuesday, three draft Restatements will be up for debate: Property (Wills and Other Donative Transfers), Employment Law and the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Finally, on Wednesday the members will discuss the draft Restatement (Third) of Restitution and Unjust Enrichment.
The members will hear from an exciting list of speakers as well. On Monday, ABA President Carolyn B. Lamm will speak during the opening session, and in the afternoon, Justice Stephen Breyer of the Supreme Court will address the membership on “Making the Constitution Work: A Supreme Court Justice’s View.” The featured speaker for Tuesday night’s member reception is former Solicitor General Seth P. Waxman. On Wednesday, Dean Christopher F. Edley, Jr. of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law will speak.