Our Issues

AAJ protects the constitutional right to a trial by jury and safeguards the right to pursue justice in court for harms caused by the negligence or misconduct of others.

AAJ stands for the right to a jury trial and works tirelessly to oppose any limits on this individual right. 

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The Fight to End Forced Arbitration Marches On

End Forced Arbitration Consumer Protection 7th Amendment

When the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment became law, we knew our work to end forced arbitration would continue. There's a new bill to end forced arbitration for race discrimination. Forced arbitration allows race discrimination and racially hostile environments to flourish unabated and without consequence to those who perpetuate it.  

Simultaneously we advocate for the FAIR Act that would end forced arbitration everywhere. AAJ continues to stand up against the ongoing corporate assault on the rights of workers, consumers, and patients. We won’t rest till forced arbitration is a relic of the past.

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Road Safety
Federal Trucking Insurance Minimums Are Inadequate

Each year more people killed and injured in large truck crashes, but the federal minimum insurance requirement for trucking companies has not been raised since 1980 and does not match inflation or rising medical costs. AAJ is working to ensure crash victims receive justice.

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Justice for Victims of Police Brutality
Eliminate the Unjust 'Qualified Immunity' Doctrine

Trial lawyers work tirelessly to seek justice for the victims of police brutality and civil rights abuses, and AAJ supports their work in many ways.

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Advocating for Professionally Diverse Judicial Nominees

Individuals and families seeking justice in our nation’s courtrooms face overwhelming odds when up against large and powerful corporations. This is why AAJ recognizes that selecting judicial nominees with experience and expertise in representing individuals is of paramount importance in order to restore fairness and transparency to the federal judiciary. It is time for the next president to nominate attorneys who have fought to enforce the rights and protections of people, not corporations. It is time to restore balance to the judiciary by selecting nominees who have demonstrated, through trial experience, community service, civic engagement, academic contributions or legislative efforts, a commitment to respecting and empowering an individual's civil and human rights as well as the ability to access the courts in order to enforce those rights.AAJ's Executive Committee's Statement on Judicial Nominees to the Federal Bench, adopted June 30, 2020.
Coalition Letter

AAJ joined a coalition asking President Biden to highlight his commitment to appointing judges with a diversity of background and experience. Read the Letter.

Fighting Against Corporate Immunity

Corporations are demanding sweeping immunity when they expose their workers or customers to COVID-19—allowing them to evade responsibility when they fail to protect our health and safety.

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What is the Seventh Amendment?

The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees "In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law." Join AAJ to Support This Right