In 1957, the ABA President envisioned a day to celebrate our legal system. The next year, President Eisenhower established Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principles of government under law. In 1961, Congress joined in the recognition of Law Day as May 1st. The trend has spread throughout many countries since. So, to my fellow D1 Friends, congratulations on being part of the legal system of the United States. I hope you find something rewarding and fun to do this weekend to celebrate!
Speaking of fun, we had some fun in Division 1 in April 2021.
Yesterday, we held the privilege walk event. We had 57+ people attend (with a lot of NAWIC members!). We went through just under 50 statements and took a poll of where we ended up. We then engaged in a 25-30 minute breakout-room discussions led by a great team of Forum volunteers. The event was a true eye-opener for many attendees. I was moved the experience and, more importantly, the constructive discussion we had afterwards. Huge thanks to Nicky and our D1 team for putting this together! I look forward to continuing the discussion in Division 1 and hope to continue our partnership with NAWIC (their members were great!).
This blog also published two excellent articles on arbitration in April. One was about international arbitration and the other was about the new AAA guidelines regarding discovery in the arbitration. If you haven't read them, check them out at http://abaconstructionforumdivision1.blogspot.com/.
Looking forward into May, please consider attending our monthly business meeting on May 10th and our Toolbox Talk Series on May 27th on discovery for delay claims. If you want the login information for the monthly meeting, contact me or visit our ABA Connect page.
I hope to see you at one of those meetings. If you want to learn more about D1 or get involved, contact me and we can schedule a call.
Tom Dunn, Chair Division 1 (Litigation & Dispute Resolution), rtdunn@PierceAtwood.com