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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In one-on-one meetings, AAJ’s attorneys asked Members of Congress to raise an outdated 30 year old insurance limit on tractor trailers.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...

May 1, 2013

Elected officials must ensure that equality is not just an idea, but a reality

Posted By: Michelle Widmann Kimmel

Happy National Law Day! This year’s theme is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.”

AAJ President Mary Alice McLarty comment on this year’s theme:

“A cornerstone of equality and civil rights in America is the Constitutional right of individuals to have their claims heard by an impartial judge and jury through the civil justice system. This gives all Americans the power and ability to ensure their rights are upheld. As President John Adams said, 'Representative government and trial by jury are the heart and lungs of liberty...

March 5, 2013

Kentucky Nursing Homes Need More Accountability Not Less

Posted By: Katie Gommel

Senate Bill 9, which was just introduced in Kentucky, is an alarming effort by the nursing home industry to avoid responsibility and reduce their accountability when caring for our loved ones.

Contrary to the industry proposal, our seniors deserve an unbiased venue in which to make their cases without paying higher costs or increasing the size of our government. 

Please join in this fight to protect those we love living in these facilities. If you live in KY, please call your State Senator today at 1-800-372-7181 and urge them to vote no on SB 9. 


February 27, 2013

SCOTUS to Decide if Corporations Can Grant Themselves Complete Immunity from Federal Laws

Posted By: Michelle Widmann Kimmel

 Corporations want a get-out-of-jail-free card for cheating small businesses and individuals

Washington, DC—The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in a case that could provide corporations with unfettered power to evade federal laws by keeping small businesses and individuals out of the courts and forced into a rigged arbitration process. In the case, American Express Co. v. Italian Colors Restaurant, SCOTUS...

February 27, 2013

Scottsdale Seminar: Winning Medical Negligence Cases with Rules of the Road

Posted By: AAJ Education

Join Patrick Malone and an all-star group of faculty in Scottsdale, AZ on March 8–9 for AAJ’s Seminar on Winning Medical Negligence Cases with Rules of the Road. With an extended format and brainstorming session to review real cases, this seminar is your guide to handling difficult medical negligence cases.                           

Visit for more information. Please note that this seminar is exclusively for AAJ plaintiff members and paralegal affiliates.


February 21, 2013

New AAJ Leadership Academy!

Posted By: AAJ Education

AAJ’s Leadership Academy is a new, exciting opportunity for AAJ members interested in developing their leadership skills. The purpose of the Leadership Academy, an initiative of AAJ’s Diversity Committee, is to give AAJ members the skills and techniques needed to make them effective leaders in AAJ and in their communities. Applications are due no later than March 1, 2013. ...

February 6, 2013

Past President Boyle Honored with Justice Award

Posted By: Katie Gommel

AAJ past president, Leo V. Boyle, has been recognized with the 2013 Great Friend of Justice Award by the Massachusetts Bar Foundation. This honor is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated “extraordinary passion for justice.”

Among his many achievements Boyle helped formulate the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund.

Be sure to read more about Boyle’s dedication to justice from coverage of the award ceremony here.