Let’s support candidates who support the jury system and the principle that individuals deserve access to the courts
Since 2016 is an election year, one of my goals as CAALA President is to focus our association on the many election and campaign issues that directly and indirectly impact our members and our clients.
As we are in the midst of this year’s historical presidential election, let’s not lose sight of what is important – the American Justice System. It is crucial that we all recognize the importance of participating in the election process and help those candidates who are proponents of both the jury system and the fundamental principle that individuals deserve access to the courts.
It is imperative that we, as a group, support those political candidates who believe that access to justice and trial by jury are essential rights in this country.
Our basic civic classes in school taught us about the three branches of government. Yet, sometimes it seems that many people out there forget that the federal government is composed of three distinct branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial, whose powers are vested by the U.S. Constitution – being the Congress, the President, and the Courts.
It is concerning that many people seem to forget about that ever crucial third branch – the Judicial Branch. Our branch. Our Courts: The branch that truly gives equality to all Americans.
During these next few months as the 2016 presidential election heats up, let’s not forget the amazing government structure in our country and the importance of the Judicial Branch and the right of American citizens to have access to our courts and to trials by juries. Nothing could be more important to the foundation of our country and the essence of our profession and how we serve our clients.
I urge all of you to do whatever you can to support those candidates who believe that jury trials are the ultimate equalizer and that arbitration is not the solution to every single disagreement that arises between corporations and individuals.
With this in mind, the theme for our annual Vegas convention in September will be: Celebrate America! Celebrating the American Justice System.
The convention sessions will be filled with fantastic trial lawyers and judges teaching you the best trial skills in the country.
Plus, how can you not take advantage of earning 20 MCLE credits, including all mandatory specialty credits, in one weekend in Las Vegas?
And of course, our incredible exhibit hall will be there with over 100 of the top-notch legal service providers – all ready and willing to help you improve your practice.
We’ll have the Convention Kick-off Party on Thursday evening – get ready for America Rocks! And we’ll end the weekend with the Closing Cocktail Party at the newest, hottest nightclub in Las Vegas – Intrigue at the Wynn.
Discount rooms are available now at the Wynn or Encore. Don’t delay to reserve your room, as we sell out every year since it’s Labor Day weekend. And be sure to register early for the convention to save with the early bird discount by June 1, 2016.
I want to thank our Convention Co-Chairs: Martin Aarons, John Blumberg, Ibiere Seck, David deRubertis, Daniel Pierson, and Laura Sedrish. All are led by our Education Chair, Christa Ramey and Education Vice Chair, Liz Hernandez. And, of course, our CAALA staff that works so hard to make the convention the best legal convention in this country, hands down.
Over the next few months, these folks will put in a ton of work that ultimately ensures the convention runs smoothly and is enjoyed by all who attend.
So let’s Celebrate America in Las Vegas! Can’t wait to see you in September!
David M. Ring is a partner with Taylor & Ring, where he specializes in plaintiffs’ personal injury and wrongful death cases. He also specializes in representing victims of crime, particularly victims of sexual abuse, assault or harassment, in civil cases and has obtained many precedent-setting verdicts and settlements in that area of law. He was named Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year (2015) by California Lawyer. The Daily Journal selected him as one of the Top 25 Plaintiff Lawyers in California (2015).
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