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AmericanLawInstitute @AmLawInst (05/21/2013 03:32 PM)
@AppellateDaily @Nancecy Sorry, Nancy, but the Justice did not agree to a video of his remarks. Just still photos. #ALI90
Michelle Olsen @AppellateDaily (05/21/2013 03:05 PM)
Hoping for a video. MT: @Nancecy Justice Alito giving a heartwarming, personal tribute to Professor Geoffrey Hazard. #ALI90 @AmLawInst
AmericanLawInstitute @AmLawInst (05/21/2013 02:57 PM)
Justice Samuel Alito with 3rd Circuit Judge Anthony Scirica and former ALI Director Geoffrey Hazard. #ALI90 #law http://t.co/8GEGBotu34
- Professor White Speaks on Behalf of the New Life Members
Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 21, 2013 | 02:39 PM
Professor Ted White, who is the David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia, was described by Director Lance Liebman as echoed by President Ramo as the pre-eminent legal historian of our generation. A member of the ALI's class of 1988, he provided a brief history of the Institute's work since World War II. In this era, the Institute moved from the first to the second series of Restatements, and also entered the field of model legislation.
In his remarks, which are forthcoming in the Green Bag, Professor White described the Institute's response over time to moments of crisis and change, as well as to criticisms of its work. In the post-World-War II era, a committee chaired by Learned Hand considered various proposed reforms to the Restatement process, engendered by consistent criticisms of the First Restatement series. As part of this process, as Professor White described it, it became apparent that it was not as feasible as the founders of the Institute had assumed in 1923 to eliminate complexity and uncertainty from the law entirely.
As Professor White continued his remarks, he described how the Institute's experience with both the Principles of Corporate Governance in the 1980s and the Products Liability project in the 1990s made it apparent that the Institute's founders had unattainably high expectations with respect to members' independence and detachment from client interests. These experiences ultimately resulted in the Council issuing a formal rule mandating that client interests be left at the door in Institute proceedings.
Professor White further remarked on how legal scholarship, especially at law schools that are seen as elite, has moved away from traditional doctrinal work toward increasingly inaccessible empirical, interdisciplinary, and theoretical work, thus making it less likely that emerging scholars will be interested in the work of the Institute, particularly the Restatements. He aso noted that practitioners increasingly face financial and time pressures that make it more difficult than ever before to devote resources to law reform. In closing, Professor White challenged the assembled group to come up with additional initiatives, building on the success of the Young Scholars Medal, to ensure that there will be a next generation of active ALI participants.
- Remarks of Justice Samuel Alito
Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 21, 2013 | 12:49 PM
We were informed early in the morning that Supreme Court Justice Samuel would be making a surprise appearance at the Annual Meeting. Justice Alito entered the room to standing ovation.
Judge Anthony Scirica introduced Justice Alito. ALI is honoring his former professor Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. with the Distinguished Service Award. He noted that they are a tag team, and this time he won’t be reversed.
Judge Scirica proceeded to give a speech honoring Geoffrey Hazard. He said that few lawyers in the last half century have had such a profound impact on the law. He discussed his work for fifteen years as Director of ALI, and his ability to see consequences and craft resolutions in the drafting process. He urged bookends (clearly cannot do that and clearly can do this) as opposed to gray illustrations. He can see points of agreement where others see discord.
As a professor, he teaches students to see the indeterminacy of law and how to deal with it. He takes time to mentor students and law professors alike. A recent Penn Law Review article provided many examples lauding his mentorship, among his many professional achievements. He founded a seminar called Foundations of Western Moral Thought.
Judge Scirica described what the Distinguished Service Medal is. It is the fifth time it has ever been given. It goes to a member of the ALI who has played a very special role in taking significant responsibilities and in keeping the Institute on a steady course.
Judge Scirica recalled Justice Alito’s time on the Third Circuit, and his great pleasure introducing him.
Justice Alito lauded Judge Scirica’s remarks on behalf of Geoffrey Hazard. Justice Alito joked that he “wormed his way onto the program.” He wanted to publicly thank a great teacher who had an enormously profound impact on his career. At Yale Law School he saw that he had been assigned to Professor Hazard’s section on civil procedure. Shortly after the book The Paper Chase came out, and was told by older students that he bore a resemblance to Professor Kingsfield. The advance reviews were to have fun with first year students, but he did call on students.
Justice Alito credits Professor Hazard to continue along the path of law. He said great teachers should help them develop their own talents. He took every other opportunity in law school to take courses with him. When anti-trust was not offered in his third year, Professor Hazard offered a seminar in his own home. Professor Hazard exemplifies what the ALI stands for. He lauded Hazard’s efforts to merge legal scholarship with the practice of law.
Justice Alito again emphasized his thanks to all he’s done for his students and the development of the law.
Geoffrey Hazard then spoke and jokingly said “I agree with most of it.” He introduced his children attending the meeting. He said he always cherished the opportunity to teach and the opportunity to learn.
- Justice Alito Addresses the Institute as ALI Director Emeritus Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. is Honored with the ALI 's Distinguished Service Award
Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 21, 2013 | 12:39 PM
Justice Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and Judge Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, spoke at the presentation of the ALI 's Distinguished Service Award to ALI Director Emeritus Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. Justice Alito has served on the United States Supreme Court since January 31, 2006. Professor Hazard, who has been described as perhaps the leading voice in legal ethics, is Trustee Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California 's Hastings College of the Law, and also Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law at Yale Law School.
Professor Hazard directed the Institute for 15 years, during which time some of the Institute 's best-regarded projects were completed. Describing Professor Hazard as one of the law 's true "wise men," Judge Scirica lauded him for his ability to find points of agreement where others saw only discord, as well as his generosity as a mentor of emerging academicians. Judge Scirica also highlighted the UNIDROIT Principles as part of Professor Hazard 's unique personal vision and a notable success despite significant obstacles.
Justice Alito, who was one of Professor Hazard 's students at Yale Law School, was also formerly Judge Scirica 's colleague on the Third Circuit. Justice Alito took the opportunity to publicly thank Professor Hazard as a great teacher who has had an abiding influence on his professional life from the time Justice Alito was a student in Professor Hazard 's first-year Civil Procedure class. Justice Alito also shared his appreciation for the ALI 's work, and especially its practical significance. He particularly noted the way in which the Restatements have been utilized in a gap-filling role as the common law of the United States Virgin Islands.
In accepting the award, Professor Hazard remarked on how much he had always treasured the opportunity both to teach and to learn, throughout his career as a professor. He also applauded the morning 's discussion of proposed revisions to the Model Penal Code as showing particular sensitivity to the felt necessities of contemporary society. His remarks were received with a standing ovation.
Cynthia Nance @Nancecy (05/21/2013 12:34 PM)
http://t.co/VCXC3r9v5B #ALI90 Professor Geoffrey Hazard, "I have always cherished the opportunity to teach & I cherish opportunity to learn"
Cynthia Nance @Nancecy (05/21/2013 12:25 PM)
#ALI90 Justice Alito giving a heartwarming, personal tribute to Professor Geoffrey C. Hazard http://t.co/RfSSTH0bVO
Cynthia Nance @Nancecy (05/21/2013 12:20 PM)
#ALI90 Justice Alito participating in the Distinguished Service Award presentation to Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. http://t.co/84dhfM7leS
Robin Wosje @rewosje (05/21/2013 12:05 PM)
About to hear comments from U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito @AmLawInst #ALI90