“The AAJ’s misguided media ban”

by Walter Olson on July 28, 2009

Robert Ambrogi at Legal Blog Watch criticizes the trial lawyers’ association for excluding the press from its annual convention, but the tactic seems to have worked pretty well in lowering the group’s lobbying profile and deflecting serious coverage of the parade of politicians, from Nancy Pelosi to Henry Waxman to DNC chair and Virginia governor Tim Kaine, who have made the pilgrimage as speakers to pay their respects. More: AAJ’s response.

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1 PhilG 07.28.09 at 7:15 am

With the press embargo on the AAJ convention (formerly known as the “trial lawyers’ convention”) I wonder how proper it is for such important legislators as Nancy Pelosi to speak confidentially like that to the plaintiff lawyers attending the AAJ convention. I for one would very much like to hear just what Nancy Pelosi and her fellow legislators had to say to all those plaintiff lawyers attending the AAJ convention. I wonder would Ms. Pelosi and her fellow legislators be willing to release the text of their speeches to the press (or if their speaking contracts with the convention prohibits it )? And the other thing I am wondering is: how much have the plaintiff lawyers paid those legislators to speak at their convention? Perhaps someone can enlighten us on that in these comments.

2 Jim Collins 07.28.09 at 8:28 am

To think, that these are the same people who bitched about Cheney meeting with the officials of energy companies.

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