The Center Recent Activities
One of the most important functions of DRI is research on issues of importance to the defense bar. This research is generally carried out by DRI’s Center for Law and Public Policy and is embodied as either background materials or a more formal white paper. Either can serve one of two purposes depending upon DRI’s institutional perspective. One, on an issue in which DRI takes no formal position, they provide information background to educate our members on the topic allowing them to form their own conclusions. Two, on issues in which DRI has taken an organizational position, they form the intellectual basis for DRI’s advocacy.
DRI files amicus curiae briefs in carefully selected cases that present issues of extraordinary importance to civil litigation defense lawyers, their clients, and the civil justice system. DRI may participate as amicus curiae at either the certiorari stage or the merits stage in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, but only rarely files in federal court of appeals cases. Requests for amicus support in state appellate courts are referred to the appropriate state and local defense organizations.
The DRI Center for Law and Public Policy is proud to support this important initiative and its goal of increasing the number of appointments of underrepresented neutrals to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive ADR system.