Kirk Jenkins

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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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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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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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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New Website Plans Unveiled

New Website Plans Unveiled

The 92nd Annual Meeting was called to order this morning by ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. Director Richard Revesz gave a short report on the ALI’s new projects, including a Restatement of the Law of Copyright and an important and timely project on on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct on Campus. But as fascinating as our […]

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