Coming Attractions - Live-Blogging the Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute

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.

Two New Features on The Appellate Strategist

The Appellate Strategist was the first blog to offer a comprehensive, regularly-updated database of civil issues -- broken down by category and subject matter -- that the California Supreme Court has agreed to hear and decide.

We are proud to announce two new features.

  1. Since this "preview of coming attractions" has been one of our most popular features, we have expanded our reach to track and report on civil issues pending before the Texas Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
  2. In the coming months, we will be adding Florida, New York and New Jersey to our coverage of state Supreme Courts. 

We welcome your comments.