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American Law Institute Annual Meeting Was a Memorable Experience

A brief word with Justice Breyer during the meeting.

Despite my busy workload of late, I took time to attend the 2010 annual meeting of the American Law Institute (ALI)  in Washington, D.C. earlier this week.  I was elected to the Institute in March and new members are encouraged to begin participating immediately. 

I attended enough sessions and official events to leave the annual meeting with a healthy degree of respect for the work of the Institute and the commitment of its members.  This meeting included formal receptions, lunches and dinners but it was also filled with serious deliberative sessions.  The professional standing of the individual participants and the magnitude of some of the discussions was very impressive.  At one or more sessions, Judges from the U.S. Supreme Court, the various Circuit Courts, District Courts and various state courts were present.   The academic legal community was well representated and expert practitioners were also present.  Finally, lawyers from several countries around the world were also present.

The purpose of the deliberative sessions was to review the state of current law in various areas and adopt proposed changes to the Restatements of the Law or Principles of Law in those areas.  The work performed at our sessions will eventually be included in publications which will become part of the legal collections of the United States Supreme Court law library, many law school libraries, state law libraries, law firm libraries and other law libraries around the world.

The Institute in session.

New members were warmly welcomed into the Institute.  There was a formal dinner for new members to meet more experienced members.  Throughout the meeting, new members were identified by a special mark on their badges.  As a new member, I was frequently approached by existing members who introduced themselves and welcomed me to the Institute.  They shared past experiences and offered tips on making the most of ALI membership.  The ALI staff members were equally accessible and helpful.  Many offered suggestions regarding how I could make my membership professionally and personally rewarding.  The Institute accomplished a lot during the meeting.  I look forward to working with ALI  in the future.




The American Law Institute (ALI) recently announced that Attorney Charles E. Griffin of Jackson, Mississippi is one of 54 distinguished lawyers, law professors and legal scholars who are newly elected members of ALI.  Members are elected through a highly selective process based on professional achievements and demonstrated interest in improving the law.  Election is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession.

 The American Law institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.  The Institute (made up of 4,000 lawyers, judges and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

 “It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the American Law Institute,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. “Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Institute and its membership have been dedicated to clarifying and improving the law. The serious problems that our country now faces have made the work of law reform at the highest levels ever more important. I am confident that our newest group of members will bring added vigor to our activities and contribute significantly to our future law reform work.”  ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope.

 By participating in the Institute’s work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.

Griffin is a graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Law and practices law with Griffin and Associates in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is an experienced attorney whose practice areas include complex litigation, insurance litigation, and commercial litigation.

For more information about the American Law Institute go to www.ali.org.