Special Program: The Future of Election Reform (in light of the 2012 elections)
One of the most difficult issues in the field of election law is the ability to translate nonpartisan ideas for improving the electoral process into actual legislation, or other forms of law, that implement those reform ideas. This difficulty has arguably become even harder after 2012, for multiple reasons (some apparent and others less so).
After discussing the current state of this situation, we will explore what particular role ALI can play in an effort to overcome this problem. To what extent is election law distinctive in this respect, or are current conditions in this field largely symptomatic of broader challenges in U.S. government generally?
We will address the particular voting-related problems that emerged in 2012, including attempted cutbacks in early voting and long lines in many places on election day, and consider the extent to which the new Presidential Commission on Election Administration, as well as ALI's efforts in this area, can improve the prospects for reform.
Edward B. Foley and Steven F. Huefner, The Ohio State University, Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Although there is no registration fee, advance registration is required, and those who pay the $100 CLE fee for the Annual Meeting may claim CLE credit for this program as well.
ALI CLE Program: Legal Ethics in the News
Legal Ethics has broken out of the offices of disciplinary counsel and law-school classrooms into the public view. This lively, scenario-based session will examine recent legal-ethics issues in the news and explore a wide variety of professional situations that have occasioned press coverage.
Our interactive panel also will offer an in-depth consideration of some of these circumstances including the similarities and differences between these news stories and actual practice.
Don't miss this perennially popular session! Join Larry Fox, Susan Martyn, and a distinguished panel of experts as they explore the latest issues in legal ethics.
Topics to be discussed include:
- My client's CEO (I call her "my favorite client") has been summoned to the grand jury. Can I go along?
- Is Legal Zoom engaged in unauthorized practice?
- Should mandatory pro bono extend to all lawyers? All law students?
- Are e-lawyering and virtual law practices the future? Will they change ethical obligations, or will ethical obligations change e-lawyering?
- Immunity from aiding and abetting liability for lawyers: Is it for real?
- Why do prosecutors seem immune from discipline?
- Can my Paris partners sue my California clients?
- Choice of applicable ethics rules: A matter of contract?
Lawrence J. Fox, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Visiting Lecturer of Law and the Crawford Lecturer at Yale Law School (Planning Co-Chair only)
Susan R. Martyn, Stoepler Professor of Law and Values, University of Toledo College of Law, Toledo, Ohio (Planning Co-Chair and Moderator)
Barry S. Alberts, Schiff Hardin LLP, Chicago
Henry S. Bryans, Aon Risk Services Northeast, Inc., Radnor, Pennsylvania
Kathleen Clark, John S. Lehmann Research Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law, St. Louis
The Honorable Elizabeth S. Stong, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of New York, Brooklyn, New York
Tuition for this program is $150 for ALI members and project Advisers, $195 for all others.
Members and guests are invited to a reception and buffet at the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Monday, May 20. Tickets are $85 per person. The museum is located at 500 17th Street N.W., and is within walking distance of the Ritz-Carlton; however, transportation to and from the museum will be available.
The Corcoran Gallery of Art was established in 1869 to house the private art collection of William Wilson Corcoran. Founded "for the purpose of encouraging American Genius," the Corcoran Gallery has an extensive collection of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century American art, as well as a fine collection of European art.
Born in Georgetown in 1798, Corcoran was one of the few early patrons of contemporary American art at a time when many American collectors were purchasing European works. He was a personal friend to several of the artists whose work now hang in the gallery, including Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Church, Thomas Doughty, and George Inness.
His collection eventually outgrew both his home and the building that is now the Renwick Gallery. The current home of the collection is a Beaux-Arts building designed by Ernest Flagg. In 1925, Senator William Andrews Clark of Montana bequeathed to the Corcoran Gallery his extensive collection of European art, including almost 200 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, rugs, antiquities, stained-glass windows, and a Louis XVI-era salon. The Clark Wing, designed to house this collection, and built with funds donated by the Clark family, was completed in 1928.
More information about the Corcoran Gallery is available at www.corcoran.org.
Luncheon Honoring New Life (25-Year) and 50-Year Members
This luncheon on Tuesday, May 21 will honor those who become new Life Members and new 50-Year Members this May. All ALI members as well as nonmembers are welcome to attend. Tickets are $60.
Class members Michael D. Green and George M. Newcombe will present ALI with the 1988 Class Gift. The luncheon speaker is Professor G. Edward White of the University of Virginia School of Law and Life Member, Class of 1988.
Annual Reception and Dinner
Members and guests are invited to the Annual Reception and Dinner on Tuesday, May 21. This year's dinner speaker is Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman, President, and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc. Black tie is optional. The total cost for the evening is $125. Seating-arrangement requests can be made when purchasing tickets.
This luncheon on Wednesday, May 22 will feature an address by Maureen E. Mahoney, Of Counsel, Latham & Watkins. Tickets are $65.