Daily Update - Monday, May 16

What Happened Today at the Annual Meeting – Monday Edition

The Annual Meeting opened with the call to order by President David F. Levi. President Levi announced the retirement of ALI Deputy Director Stephanie A. Middleton, who will retire this summer. A tribute to her time and work at ALI is featured in the latest issue of The ALI Reporter. It continued with the presentation of reports and business, and included the nomination of new Council members, each approved by the membership. 

The first project session on the agenda was Children and the Law. Council member Troy A. McKenzie joined Reporter Elizabeth S. Scott and Associate Reporters Richard J. Bonnie, Emily Buss, and Clare Huntington in the presentation of Tentative Draft No. 4. Associate Reporter Solangel Maldonado was also present in the ballroom. The draft includes material from Chapter 1, Parental Authority and Responsibilities, and Chapter 2, State Intervention for Abuse and Neglect, of Part I (Children in Families); Chapter 5, State Duty to Educate Children, of Part II (Children in Schools); and Chapter 12, Pre-Adjudication, Chapter 13, Delinquency Proceedings, Chapter 14, Delinquency Dispositions, and Chapter 15, Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System, of Part III (Children in the Justice System), as well as three new Comments to be added to previously approved Sections in Part II.

Actions Taken* 

Membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 4.

The next project on the agenda was Copyright. Council member Wallace B. Jefferson joined Reporter Christopher Jon Sprigman and Associate Reporters Daniel J. Gervais, Molly S. Van Houweling, Lydia Pallas Loren, and R. Anthony Reese to present Tentative Draft No. 3. The draft contains material from Chapter 1, Subject Matter and Standards: Generally; Chapter 2, Subject Matter of Copyright: Scope of Protection; Chapter 3, Initial Ownership, Transfers, Voluntary Licenses, and Termination of Grants; Chapter 4, Copyright Formalities; Chapter 5, Duration of Copyright; Chapter 6, Copyright Rights and Limitations; and Chapter 9, Copyright Remedies.  

Actions Taken* 

A motion to amend § 40 was withdrawn. 

A motion to delete § 41, Comment e, was withdrawn after the Reporters agreed to remove the Comment from the material for approval, pending release of the U.S. Copyright Office’s report on online publication. 

A motion to amend § 46, as revised before the Meeting, was withdrawn after the Reporters agreed to clarify Comment a as discussed with the movant. 

A motion to delete all the black letter in § 54 and move its content to the Comments to § 28 on ownership failed upon a vote by the membership. 

A motion to remove § 15 from inclusion in the Boskey Motion did not pass. The membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 3.

When members returned from lunch, the Meeting continued with Student Sexual Misconduct: Procedural Frameworks for Colleges and Universities. Council member Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers oversaw the discussion of the project draft presented by Reporter E. Thomas Sullivan.  

Actions Taken* 

Membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 1, which contains the entire project. This vote marks the completion of this project.

The fourth and final project on Monday’s agenda was Conflict of Laws. Reporter Kermit Roosevelt III and Associate Reporters Laura Elizabeth Little and Christopher A. Whytock were joined by Council member Sarah S. Vance. Membership was presented with Tentative Draft No. 3, which contains Topic 1, Introduction, of Chapter 5 on Choice of Law. 

Actions Taken* 

Membership voted to approve Tentative Draft No. 3.  

*All approvals by membership at the Annual Meeting are subject to the discussion at the Meeting and usual editorial prerogative.

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