The reason for the name change was to better describe the purpose of our organization. The old name focused on who we are, injury lawyers, not what we do. Promoting justice in the courts before consumers and the victims that are affected by the negligence of others is what this national plaintiffs' bar service group is all about.
The American Association for Justice helps lawyers who represent injured people combine forces to educate ourselves to better represent our clients who are hurt by someone else’s negligence. The organization also helps promote fairer laws that don’t restrict the rights of people who suffer injuries to go to the court system for justice.
Every year, I and my law partners at Shapiro & Appleton go to the seminars and conventions sponsored by AAJ. There we learn the latest information and techniques in handling both the medical and liability side of the cases that we work on. We come back from these meetings refreshed, with renewed purpose and new information.
Not all local lawyers in Virginia (VA) take the time and spend the money necessary to be informed at this highest level of continuing legal education. The caliber of speakers at the AAJ conventions cannot be matched by any local or state bar association. Also, the huge number of continuing legal education opportunities at an American Association of Justice convention allows us to go and learn specific targeted information which will help in our practice on subjects that we really care about like trucking accidents, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents, FELA, and medical malpractice.
I am proud to be a member of the AAJ and to serve as an officer on the AAJ Rail Law Section which focuses on FELA and crossing accidents. You can learn more about the organization at their web site which is www.justice.org.