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- Model Penal Code Revision of Article 213
Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 21, 2013 | 11:49 AM
There was a sound discussion on the revisions to the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses. It was noted that there would not be a vote on the draft, and the members were encouraged to contact the Reporters with any comments. There was a discussion on the testimony of juveniles in the proposed draft. One member noted the practice in Texas where the child is in a room alone and everyone else is in the courtroom. Also, noting that this is by court order so is some discretion.
Article 213.7 Collateral Consequences of Conviction (a) Mandatory sex-offender registration was discussed.
Robin Wosje @rewosje (05/21/2013 11:21 AM)
Discussing the important work of revising the sexual assault provisions of the Model Penal Code. #ali90 @AmLawInst
- ALI Young Scholar Award
Posted By: Ellen S. Podgor | May 21, 2013 | 10:39 AM
This morning’s program included the presentation of the ALI Young Scholars Medal to Adam J. Levitin and Amy B. Monahan, with a presentation by Adam J. Levitin on his scholarship titled, “Legal Leverage.” The first part of his talk pertained to MERS “Mortgage Electronic Registration Service. He also talked about the range of debt collection practices and the prevalence of default practices. He ended by discussing how debt collection has moved outside the courts and how this caused a loss of judicial review. He stated, "[w]e as lawyers need to be cognizant of legal leverage."
Vince Polley @vpolley (05/21/2013 10:34 AM)
Levitin: MERS is "too big to fail"? #ali90
Vince Polley @vpolley (05/21/2013 10:28 AM)
ALI awardee Adam Levitin, on MERS ' shaky legal underpinnings, adds financial risk & undercuts Rule of Law. #ali90 http://t.co/dOhE0fS6rb
- Discussion of the Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Membership Process
Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 21, 2013 | 10:19 AM
This morning there was a discussion of the Recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee on Membership Process, which has been approved by the ALI Council (January 18, 2013). Among the recommended changes to the ALI membership selection process are: (1) confidentiality in the nomination process (“candidates will not know in advance that they are being nominated and reviewed”); (2) the establishment of 12-16 Regional Advisory Groups; (3) increase in size of the membership committee; (4) disbanding the Outreach Committee; and (5) a January 2014 launch date.
It was emphasized that nothing changes with respect to the ability of members to nominate individuals for membership. ALI is seeking balance between practitioners and academics. Judges are a smaller group. ALI looking for balance and diversity because there are a large number of academics nominated for membership.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said that they are looking for distinctiveness, excellence and interest in the work of the Institute. Has the candidate established such distinctiveness that you would say, why isn’t this person already a member?
I observe that a prior ALI Annual Meeting in a discussion on membership, one member called this the “yellow sticker problem.” ALI may receive nominations and elect members not interested in participating in the work of the Institute, but are interested in the prestige of membership. One of the things I enjoy about being a member is the dedication of the leadership, staff, and members in the work of the Institute.
David Rivkin spoke on International membership. ALI wants potential members who are the most distinguished lawyers in their country. Membership will be proposed in the same way as American domestic members.
Roberta Ramos Cooper noted that we are limited to 3,000 elected members. The current membership is around 2,700 so very close to the limit. The new charter of the membership committee will include the work of the Size Committee and Outreach Committee. The former chair of the Outreach Committee is now on the Membership Committee.
Balance is a part of the reforms. The idea of the founders was 1/3 bench, 1/3 practitioners, and1/3 scholars. So many new projects in new area of law have led to many academics as members. The Membership Committee will have a special emphasis on practitioners.
There will be a renewed effort on intense reviewing of membership nominations. The hope is that it will be confidential and the nominee does not know of his or her nomination. Easier as an institution because a nominee may not be ready or may be seeking balance from a particular group. The idea is to emphasize brining in members who are interested in the work of the Institute, and will actively participate in its work.
- Presentation of ALI Young Scholars Medal
Posted By: Kristen D. Adams | May 21, 2013 | 10:09 AM
This morning, Professors Adam J. Levitin of Georgetown Law Center and Amy B. Monahan of the University of Minnesota School of Law were honored with the ALI Young Scholars Medal. Professor Levitin's work focuses on the recent financial crisis, and Professor Monahan's work focuses on public pension reform and ERISA.
This year marks the second time this biannual award has been given. To qualify, a scholar must have been a full-time academician for three to ten years and must have received his or her law degree within the past 15 years. Candidates from all fields of law and all methodologies are eligible. In addition to speaking at an ALI Annual Meeting, each honoree has the opportunity to sponsor a conference relating to his or her work.
- Professor Amy Monahan gave a short speech thanking the ALI and the selection committee.
Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 21, 2013 | 10:09 AM
She thanked her husband for his support and reading every word she's written, the community of Duke Law School, the lawyers at Sidley and Austin, and colleagues at the University of Missouri and Minnesota. She also thanked her students. She emphasized the role of mentorship in her remarks.
- Presentation of ALI Young Scholars Medal to the 2013 Winners.
Posted By: Scott Maravilla | May 21, 2013 | 10:09 AM
President Ramo stated that this is one of the most exciting aspects of ALI. It is great to see what is going on in the minds of the leading young academics in our country. She also recognized the members of the Young Scholar Committee. Justice Goodwin Liu of the California Supreme Court is the chair of the committee.
Judge Liu acknowledged the honor of joining the ALI Council. Judge Liu presented the Young Scholar Medal to Adam Levitan and Amy Monohan. The idea is to select one or two scholars who will speak at an ALI Annual Meeting and host a discussion of their work.
The Committee considered the candidates most substantial body of work, and limited the search to nine finalists. There was a robust discussion that led to the selection of the two scholars.
Judge Liu discussed his experience moving from a producer of scholarship to a consumer. The California Supreme Court considers many difficult issues. The problem is not the number of cases, but the deep synthesis of the core principles. ALI is bridging the gap between scholarship and the real world, a concept in which both recipients reflect in their work.
Cynthia Nance @Nancecy (05/21/2013 10:03 AM)
#ALI90 Justice Goodwin Liu presents the ALI 2013 Young Scholars Medal to Professors Amy Monohan & Adam Levitin http://t.co/sVraMBzYhY