2013 Annual Meeting

May 20-22, Washington, D.C.

Changes to ALI's membership process set to take effect in January 2014 were discussed on Tuesday morning. Seated on the dais: Judge Paul L. Friedman, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Membership Process and Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, Chair of the Membership Committee; at the podium: David W. Rivkin, Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on International Membership.

Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court (center) poses with the two winners of the Young Scholars Medal: and Amy B. Monahan of the University of Minnesota School of Law, and Adam J. Levitin of Georgetown Law Center.

Professor Stephen J. Schulhofer of NYU Law School and Erin Murphy (not pictured) discussed the latest draft of Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses.

Justice Samuel A. Alito (far right) walks with Judge Anthony J. Scirica and Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., to the main ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton where Hazard, who served as ALI's Director from 1984-1999, received the Distinguished Service Award.

Justice Samuel A. Alito recalled his days as a law student when Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard Jr. was his teacher.

Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the 3rd Circuit, was one of the co-presenters, along with Justice Samuel A. Alito, of the Distinguished Service Award to former ALI Director Geoffrey C. Hazard.

"We are here this morning to celebrate a stunning career," Judge Scirica said. "Few lawyers in the last half century have had a more profound effect or more profound impact on the state of the law than Geoff Hazard and few have had the ability to bridge and connect the worlds of the academy of law practice and the administration of justice."

Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., who served as ALI's Director from 1984 to 1999, accepting the Distinguished Service Award.

"Those of you who have been in the ALI headquarters in Philadelphia will know that on the plaque on the wall is a dictum from Herb [Wechsler] that reads: 'We should be obliged in our deliberations to give weight to all the considerations that courts under a proper view of the judicial function deem it right to weigh in theirs.'

"What does that mean? Well, I have fashioned an answer. The considerations that we ought to consider include what Holmes called the felt necessities of the time. Indeed our discussion of the penal code this morning was an exemplar of sensitivity that the felt necessities of the time today regarding that very difficult subject are quite different from what they were when the Model Penal Code was fashioned or approved, that is, what Holmes said correspond to what is understood to be convenient. It was not convenient in a trivial sense but rather in a sense that the felt necessities as they are compatible with received culture and institutional structure."

To watch the video of Judge Scirica's and Professor Hazard's remarks, visit ALI's YouTube page.

The ALI's new Life Members were honored at a luncheon, with the presentation of the 1988 Life Member Class Gift by Michael D. Green of Wake Forest University School of Law (left) and George M. Newcombe of Simpson Thacher.

Green and Newcombe co-chaired the 1988 Life Member Class Campaign and far exceeded their goal of $100,000, raising more than $110,000 by the time of the Annual Meeting. The funds will be used for the Young Scholar Award, the Public Lawyer Scholarship Program, the Model Penal Code projects, and the Members Consultative Group Travel Assistance program.

The presentation was followed by remarks from 1988 class member Professor G. Edward "Ted" White of the University of Virginia School of Law who spoke about ALI's need to nurture legal scholars who will take on the arduous task of lead law reform projects in the way that the legal giants of the mid-20th century did, such as Herbert Wechsler who served as ALI's Director from 1963 to 1984. Professor White's speech hewed closely to the themes of his article for The Green Bag titled: From The Second Restatements to the Present: The ALI's Recent History and Current Challenges.

ALI 2nd Vice President Douglas Laycock (right) at the Life Member luncheon with William T. Coleman, Jr., who was honored, along with Joseph F. Spaniol, Jr., (not pictured) as 50-year members.

ALI members reviewed Discussion Drafts for the Model Penal Code: Sentencing project. On the dais: Reporter Kevin R. Reitz of the University of Minnesota Law School. (Not pictured: Associate Reporter Cecelia Klingele of the University of Wisconsin Law School.)

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the Southern District of Texas (far left) moderates a panel discussion on ALI's new project, the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States. Seated at the dais: Coordinating Reporter Sarah H. Cleveland of Columbia Law School, and Reporters William S. Dodge of University of California, Hastings College of Law and David P. Stewart of Georgetown Law School.

Longtime ALI Council member Kenneth Frazier, the President and CEO of Merck & Co., delivered remarks at the Annual Dinner on the role of the lawyer in today's society.

"It is a distinct honor for me … to speak to you at this 90th Annual Meeting of the ALI, an institution that has had a long and distinguished history of bringing together representatives from the academy, from the bench and the bar working together to clarify and sometimes to reform the law."

The theme of Frazier's speech was the evolving role of the lawyer. "It's the role of a lawyer to foster deliberation and increase the probability that decision makers will conform to legal requirements and the ethical and moral requirements of society," he said.

"Without question, the world is increasingly characterized by the free flow of people, goods and knowledge across national borders — physically or virtually — and where the best solutions often result from analysis and insights borrowed from multiple disciplines across science and the humanities.  In such a complex, globalized society, we need "lawyer-leaders" whose broad vision and understanding also extend across borders of all kinds."

To watch a video of Frazier's speech, visit ALI's YouTube page.