This past week, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), of which I am a member, changed its name to the American Association for Justice. Below, is their explanation:
On December 11, we are entering an exciting new chapter in our association’s history. We will officially change our name to the American Association for Justice.
This change was approved overwhelmingly by ATLA’s Board of Governors in June and by ATLA’s membership at our annual convention in July.
Changing our name to the American Association for Justice is an important step in our campaign to protect and strengthen the civil justice system.
It better articulates what we do: fight to ensure that every person has access to justice and can get a fair shake.
Our opponents – the drug and oil industries, big insurance companies and other large corporations – have spent billions of dollars over the past decades to wage an unprecedented attack on justice. Their plan is simple. They want to eliminate the only thing left holding them accountable – the civil justice system, often the last resort for many Americans.
As attorneys, we work to make sure any person who is injured by the misconduct and negligence of others can get justice in the courtroom, even when taking on the most powerful interests.
Our new name – the American Association for Justice – more accurately reflects our role as advocates for justice. It will further allow us to reframe the debate in the court of public opinion – just like we do every day in the courtroom.
I look forward to moving together in this exciting new direction.
Lewis S. “Mike” Eidson
This ATLA (now AAJ) member approves. The focus of the organization should not be on us, but on the principles and people that we represent.