Note to Vince re the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary

By now, some of you know that Vince is an excellent plaintiff’s trial lawyer here in Lincoln. He is kind enough to allow me to use him as “foil” for some of my posts. He is a great guy!

Anyway, I got some interesting correspondence recently from Michael J.Yelnosky, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law. On August 15, 2013, Michael wrote an op-ed piece that ran in the Washington Post.  It relates to the composition of the influential ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. That committee’s evaluation of federal judicial nominees is critical to appointment and confirmation of all federal judges including most particularly federal trial judges.

Among other things, Michael laments that:

Not one of the lawyers on the committee for 2013-14 regularly represents individuals who bring lawsuits alleging they were harmed by the actions of corporations or other business entities, and not one represents individuals charged with anything other than white-collar crimes.

The entirety of the article is very much worth reading. Indeed, I encourage everyone to do so.

Vince, I wonder why the plaintiffs’ federal trial bar does not get very aggressive with the ABA on this subject. I would think you guys would strive hard to obtain significant representation on the Committee. As they say, “you can’t win if you don’t play.”


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