Fighting for Justice Blog

October 25, 2013

Report: How the U.S. Chamber Forced Arbitration on America

Posted By: Jamar Hudson

Through its legal reform front group, the Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), the U.S. Chamber has been at the forefront of a heavily-funded campaign to eliminate corporate accountability, even for massive violations of state and federal law. For decades, this has primarily revolved around high profile PR campaigns to portray the civil justice system as beset by frivolous lawsuits. But where a billion-dollar tort reform campaign has not succeeded in closing the courthouse door, its more stealthy compatriot – forced arbitration – has gone a long way to shielding corporations from...

October 11, 2013

New American Association for Justice Law School Chapter at LSU

Posted By: Burton LeBlanc

This week I had a chance to speak to some of America’s future lawyers who are studying at Louisiana State University Law School. My undergraduate degree is from LSU, and I discovered that the law school recently started a student chapter of the American Association for Justice. 


I eagerly accepted the law school’s invitation to speak at the inaugural chapter meeting to students and faculty about what the American Association for Justice does, and what the association can do specifically for students to help them launch their careers. It...

September 20, 2013

Reaching out to Students to Help End Distracted Driving

Posted By: Burton LeBlanc

I was honored to accompany fellow trial lawyer Joel Feldman as he made his first End Distracted Driving presentation Friday in Louisiana – my home state – at my high school alma mater, the Louisiana State University Laboratory School (U-High).

Joel, whose daughter Casey was killed by a distracted driver in 2009, came to U-High to speak to an auditorium packed with 10-12thgraders about the dangers of distracted driving. It was an incredible experience to watch him speak candidly with the students, giving them information that will empower them to make safer choices as drivers and to...

September 3, 2013

USA Today LTE: Accountability Keeps Americans Safe

Posted By: Katie Gommel

More than 98,000 people die every year because of preventable medical errors–making it the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.

Despite this serious epidemic, corporate front groups are working hard in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures throughout the country to limit accountability and access to the civil justice system when patients are harmed or killed by medical errors.

Today, USA TODAY published a letter to the editor from American Association for Justice President...

August 22, 2013

AAJ's Trial Magazine Wins Apex Award

Posted By: Allison Torres Burtka

AAJ’s Publications Department is happy to announce that Trial magazine has won an Apex Award of Excellence for its October 2012 issue on Representing the Elderly. Trial is the journal of the American Association for Justice, and each issue of the magazine focuses on a different theme.

Articles in the winning issue include:

  • Find the hidden evidence of nursing home ownership, Kenneth L. Connor and C. Caleb...
August 22, 2013

In Memoriam: Ron Motley

Posted By: Linda Lipsen

We lost a giant today.

Ron Motley was one of the most creative, fearless lawyers I’ve ever known. He took the impossible cases no one else would take, delivering justice to families devastated by a litany of harmful products including asbestos, lead paint, and tobacco, just to name a few. Ron was one of the best courtroom lawyers EVER— a bold and dramatic legal pioneer. He literally created an avenue of redress for thousands who otherwise would have...

June 11, 2013

AAJ Highway Safety Advocates Take to the Hill

Posted By: Katie Gommel

Every year over 3,000 people died in trucking accidents in the U.S.  Today, members of AAJ’s trucking litigation group traveled to Washington, D.C. to advocate for their clients who are killed and injured in trucking accidents and call on Congress to improve safety in the trucking industry.  

In one-on-one meetings, AAJ’s attorneys asked Members of Congress to raise an outdated 30 year old insurance limit on tractor trailers.  Fatal truck crashes costs approximately $4.3 million in direct costs today, but the insurance minimum for trucks has remained at $750,000 since 1980.  Without...

May 21, 2013

Helping Tornado Victims in Oklahoma

Posted By: Katie Gommel

A massive tornado has ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City, leaving dozens dead and injured. Many AAJ members have emailed, asking how they can help. Here are some suggestions.

AAJ member and Oklahoma resident Noble McIntyre reports that he has contacted the local Red Cross and it will use his office as a drop-off point for donations. In addition, those who are able to make financial contributions to the recovery effort can make checks out to the American Red Cross*.

Checks can be mailed to:

McIntyre Law, P.C.

8601 South Western Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK...