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Legal Affairs

AAJ’s Legal Affairs program works together with Public Affairs and State Affairs to further AAJ’s mission to protect the right to trial by jury and access to justice.

Amicus Curiae Program

AAJ works to protect the civil justice system by participating in the development of law through filing amicus curiae briefs in federal and state courts, including in the United States Supreme Court. AAJ’s Amicus Curiae program ensures that important access to justice, right to trial by jury, and public policy arguments are advocated in support of the rights of all Americans in courts nationwide.

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Federal Rulemaking

AAJ responds to and develops suggestions on proposed court rules and coordinates the position of AAJ members.

Support for the States

AAJ provides support to the state affiliates by working with AAJ’s State Affairs program on issues important to their members.  Issues include, challenges to laws that impede access to justice, caps on damages, state rules of evidence and procedure, and proposals on the practice of law.  AAJ’s amicus curiae filings in state courts in collaboration with state trial lawyer associations are also robust.

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Policy Work

AAJ advocates on behalf of consumers in policy-making bodies, including American Law Institute, Uniform Law Commission, and Institute for the Advancement of the America Legal System. This includes representing AAJ’s interest on policies put forward by these groups, including commenting and input on proposals to Restatements of the Law.

Committees & Leadership

Amicus Curiae Committee

Chair:  Stephen Herman | Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans, LA

Legal Affairs Committee

The purpose of the Legal Affairs Committee is to recommend, develop, and implement, upon approval of the BOG or the president, policies and programs involving research, advocacy, and litigation relating to legal issues of concern to AAJ as an organization and/or affecting the judicial branch of government, whether federal or state. Legal issues shall be defined to include all constitutional issues: court rules, including evidence and procedure; and all substantive law issues, whether common law or statutory.


Chair: Elise Sanguinetti | Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP, Oakland, CA
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Protecting the Civil Justice System

AAJ Legal Affairs is committed to strengthening the civil justice system to ensure that deserving individuals can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms.

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