An update on lobbying, conventions, education and political fundraising
The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA®), is steadfastly fighting to ensure that medical malpractice reform does not creep into the comprehensive health care legislation being voted upon by Congress this term.
Also on its legislative agenda for the upcoming year are the Medical Device Safety Act (which would overrule Riegel v. Medtronic), several bills that would disallow forced arbitration in certain types of contracts such as employment and many consumer agreements, legislation to restore notice pleading in federal court, and provisions to amend the tax code to allow expenses to be deducted in the year they are accrued instead of when the case is settled or decided.
One of the most important areas that AAJ has made significant strides in is the area of preemption – combating the detrimental effect that preemption has on our civil justice system. In order to continue to fight preemption and tort reform nationwide, it’s imperative that we support AAJ through our membership. AAJ is the sole entity fighting federal tort reform legislation and AAJ allows our clients to continue to have their day in court and constitutional right to a jury. AAJ cannot continue these efforts without our financial support and active participation from potential members. Your membership in AAJ pays for us to have some of the best federal lobbyists representing our interests on Capitol Hill. To learn more about becoming an AAJ member, please visit www.justice.org.
Winter convention, class-action group
The upcoming 2010 Winter Convention will be in Maui from January 30 to February 3, and the Annual Convention will be July 10 to 14 in Vancouver, Canada. Each of these conventions will have fantastic education and social networking events, both of which are a critical part of the conventions and a great way to increase your business with referrals from fellow trial lawyers outside California. To register now for the AAJ Annual Convention, visit http://www.justiceannualconvention.org/.
On October 30 AAJ hosted a fundraiser and raised over $700,000 to support three Democratic senators who support our positions: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada), Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island) and Congressman Bruce Braley (Iowa). At this event we also learned that Roxanne Conlin, the first female president for ATLA, will be running an extremely tough senate race against Republican Chuck Grassley (Iowa) in 2010. We look forward to congratulating future Senator Conlin in 2010.
Ingrid M. Evans is the founder of Evans Law Firm, Inc. in San Francisco www.evanslaw.com. You can reach Ms. Evans at email@example.com, and follow the firm on Facebook (Evans law Firm, Inc. | Facebook), Twitter (@theevanslawfirm), LinkedIn (Evans Law Firm, Inc.: Overview | LinkedIn), Instagram (evanslawfirm) and Pinterest. Ms. Evans is licensed to practice in New York, Washington D.C., and California; and has been admitted in all four United States District Courts in California and numerous U.S. District Courts throughout the country. Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate and Civil Practice Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Selected as a finalist for the 2009, 2012 and 2015 California Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and named as one of the 2009 Rising Stars by Northern California Super Lawyers® and 2010-2018 Northern California Super Lawyers® and Top Women Attorneys of Northern California 2012 Super Lawyers®, Top 50 Women Attorneys of Northern California 2018 Super Lawyers®, Top 100 Attorneys of Northern California 2018 Super Lawyers®, Women Leaders in the Law by the Recorder, Global Awards 2016 (Elder Law), 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2019/2020 San Francisco Magazine Top Women Lawyers, 2020 Best Lawyers in America; 2020, 2021 U.S. News Best Law Firms; 2020, 2021 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers; 2021 Best Lawyers in America.https://www.evanslaw.com/
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