A Superb Meeting Concludes

A Superb Meeting Concludes

A few concluding thoughts as the Annual Meeting adjourns. It’s always an exhilarating experience to attend and participate in these meetings, and the project debates which are the centerpiece. Member after member rising to speak offered comments on the drafts which reflected not only careful reading and hard work, but deep thought about the implications […]

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Members Defeat Amendment to Section 103 of Torts Restatement by Two Votes

Members Defeat Amendment to Section 103 of Torts Restatement by Two Votes

After an extensive discussion, the membership has narrowly defeated the proposed Amendment to Section 103 of the Torts Restatement. The amendment would have deleted most of Section 103, which construes a contact as offensive not only when it offends a reasonable sense of personal dignity, but also when it is highly offensive to the other’s […]

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New Principles Project on Corporate Compliance

New Principles Project on Corporate Compliance

On Wednesday, ALI members heard a preview of the new Principles project – Principles of the Law, Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations This new project was presented by Reporter Professor Geoffrey Miller (NYU) and one of the Associate Reporters, Professor Claire Hill (Minnesota). Professor Miller started by providing an […]

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Breakfast Meeting

Breakfast Meeting

At a breakfast this morning, ALI Director Richard Revesz reported on the projects currently underway.  Particularly noteworthy among his remarks were two developments. First, the role of “restatement” and “principles” projects were recently clarified.  “Restatements” are directed to the courts and “principles” projects are directed to other government agencies and departments as well as nongovernment […]

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Interesting Discussion-Only Debate on Insurance Restatement

Interesting Discussion-Only Debate on Insurance Restatement

The Annual Meeting is in the midst of a detailed discussion of the Insurance project, which has recently shifted from a Principles to a Restatement. The Reporters have made significant changes to the document in light of the shift to a Restatement. So far, the principal controversy has been Section 19, which adopts the minority […]

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The Storm that Never Came

The Storm that Never Came

Based on the debate at last year’s Annual Meeting, I had expected that Tuesday’s discussion relating to the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault project would be heated. I had intended to post a blog entry early yesterday morning titled: “The Calm Before the Storm.” But, I did not finish the piece and now I am […]

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Liability Insurance Table at Annual Dinner

Liability Insurance Table at Annual Dinner

Ten of the participants in the Restatement of Liability Insurance project shared a table at the Annual Dinner. The food was delicious and the conversation engaging. All are looking forward to this morning’s discussion. The dinner concluded with a discussion of changed legislative dynamics by retired Senators George Mitchell and Olympia Snowe.

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2015 Annual Dinner:  A Conversation with Two Former Senators

2015 Annual Dinner: A Conversation with Two Former Senators

At this evening’s annual meeting dinner, ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo moderated a conversation with two former senators, Democrat George Mitchell and Republican Olympia Snowe, both of Maine. Senator Mitchell was the Senate Majority Leader, and recalled fondly his positive working relationship with Republican Bob Dole, who at that time was the Senate Minority Leader. […]

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ALI Annual Dinner

ALI Annual Dinner

Just returned from the ALI’s Annual Dinner. Once again, I am reminded what a valuable and unique experience attending this event is, providing members the opportunity to chat with old friends and acquaintances and randomly meet new ones from all walks of the legal profession. The engaging dinner conversation was followed by a very personal […]

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Sonsini Addresses Luncheon Honoring New Life Members and 50-Year Members

Sonsini Addresses Luncheon Honoring New Life Members and 50-Year Members

Called a “legal changemaker” by ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo, new life member Larry Sonsini was a member of the NYSE board of directors from 2001 to 2003, chaired the NYSE’s Regulation, Enforcement, and Listing Standards Committee until 2008, and is Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. He also took Civil Procedure from new […]

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