Lively Discussion of Sexual Assault Project

Lively Discussion of Sexual Assault Project

Members discussed the definition sections. For example, it was mentioned that some of the definitions went beyond conduct covered in the torts project. Many were concerned about the expansion of criminal law, problems of overcriminalization, and the breadth of the proposed provisions. It was also noted that we were starting with the definitions that would […]

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Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses – Discussion Session

Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses – Discussion Session

          One thread – one challenging question – that appears to run through the discussion on the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses is the appropriate role of the criminal law in effecting social change in an environment of evolving mores.

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Remarks FBI Director James Comey

Remarks FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James B. Comey addressed the Institute on Tuesday May 19 after the first portion of the discussion of the Model Penal Code:  Sexual Assault and Related Offenses.  Director Comey was introduced by Judge William Webster, Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and former Director of the FBI.  In his introduction, Judge Webster mentioned […]

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Sexual Assault Project – Opening Comments

Sexual Assault Project – Opening Comments

Opening comments by ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo stressed that the ALI is just the body to take on difficult topics. Professor Stephen Schulhofer, the Reporter on this project, talked about the three topics not covered in the last discussion. He noted that the memos raised have not been vetted to the advisory group as […]

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Remarks from the ABA President

Remarks from the ABA President

On Monday afternoon, ABA President William Hubbard, who is also a member of the ALI Council, reported on the ABA’s leadership in promoting ways to address the crises in the administration of criminal and civil justice. Among these are: Domestic Violence: The ABA is continuing to train lawyers in representing victims of domestic violence. Immigration: The […]

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A Preview of the Restatement of the Law of Copyright

A Preview of the Restatement of the Law of Copyright

The Reporters for the Copyright Restatement have given the membership an outline of the ambitious new Restatement of Copyright.  The Reporters will discuss the subject matter of copyright, including the boundaries between copyright and other areas, such as patent, trademark and trade dress.  The Restatement will address the formalities of copyright, ownership and transfer, as […]

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ALI Honors Robert H. Mundheim with its Distinguished Service Award

ALI Honors Robert H. Mundheim with its Distinguished Service Award

Lance Liebman, the ALI’s eminent former Director and current Council member, presented the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award to Robert H. Mundheim. Mr. Mundheim, who is Of Counsel with Shearman & Sterling, co-chaired the Fried, Frank firm,  represented the Department of the Treasury in the Iranian Hostage Crisis, was Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel […]

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Tentative Draft No.4 of Arbitration Restatement Approved

Tentative Draft No.4 of Arbitration Restatement Approved

After a detailed and thoughtful debate, the Membership has approved Tentative Draft No.4 of the Restatement of U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration.  With this vote, three of the projected five chapters for the Restatement are complete. The Annual Meeting has now begun a brief preview of the newly initiated Restatement of Copyright Law – […]

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Judge Sri Srinivasan on Appellate Decision Making

Judge Sri Srinivasan on Appellate Decision Making

Judge Sri Srinivasan of the D.C. Circuit is speaking on the nature of appellate decision making, and in particular collective decision making. Judge Srinivasan is focusing on the effect of the fundamental difference between appellate and trial court advocacy – the task of persuading a panel, rather than a single judge. Judge Srinivasan is saying that […]

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Judge Sri Srinivasan Entertained and Enlightened

Judge Sri Srinivasan Entertained and Enlightened

Judge Paul Friedman gave a wonderful introduction of Judge Sri Srinivasan, highlighting Judge Srinivasan’s love of Kansas basketball and his oral advocacy skills (e.g., arguing to the Supreme Court without notes). Judge Srinivasan followed with a talk that demonstrated his incredible sense of humor and also his thoughts on advocacy and judicial decision-making. He spoke about gaining comfort […]

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