On May 21-23, 2018, Professor Jack J. Coe and Mykhailo Soldatenko (LLM, 2018) took part in the American Law Institute’s (ALI) 95th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The ALI is an independent organization with the purpose to clarify and improve the U.S. common law. The organization prepares Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law. Its product is extremely persuasive for the U.S. courts which usually use and cite it in their decisions.
Professor Jack J. Coe is an associate reporter for the Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial and Investment Arbitration, found here, together with other distinguished arbitral practitioners, a project reporter George A. Bermann and associate reporters Catherine A. Rogers, and Christopher R. Drahozal. During the Annual Meeting the reporters on arbitration discussed the drafts of the following issues: (1) Federal Arbitration Act’s preemption of state law; (2) court involvement in connection with the ongoing arbitral proceedings. The ALI plans to promulgate the final version of the restatement on arbitration in 2019.
Mykhailo Soldatenko who has recently received the LLM in International Commercial Arbitration from Pepperdine has participated in the Annual Meeting. Mykhailo shared his experience: “It was a unique opportunity to be present at the one of the most important legal events in the U.S. I enjoyed listening to the arbitration panel and had an opportunity to chat with the top arbitral practitioners. In addition to the thought-provoking arbitration discussion, I was fortunate to listen to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court who has received the Friendly Medal from the ALI. The audience consisting of prominent practitioners and scholars rose around four times to welcome Justice Ginsburg. For the first time in my life, I saw such truly genuine respect toward a legal professional.”