Pound Institute

The Pound Civil Justice Institute was established in by a group of American trial attorneys in 1956 to honor and build upon the work of Roscoe Pound (1870-1964). Pound was Dean of the Harvard Law School from 1916 to 1936, and is acknowledged as the founder of the discipline of sociological jurisprudence—an interdisciplinary approach to legal concepts in which the law is viewed as a dynamic system that is influenced by social conditions and that, in turn, influences society as a whole.

Through its programs, the Institute works to give lawyers, judges, educators and the public a balanced view of the U.S. civil justice system. The Institute’s premier program is an annual forum for state appellate court judges which brings together state supreme court and intermediate appellate court judges, legal scholars and practitioners who represent plaintiffs and defendants. The forum enables the exchange of information and discussion of issues important to state courts, state judges and the legal community overall.