HH&K Partner Stephen Herman was elected President of the Pound Civil Justice Institute for the term starting August 1, 2020. Before becoming president, Mr. Herman served on the Pound Institute’s Board for many years and was the previous vice president. The Pound Institute is a national legal think tank created by pioneering members of the trial bar and dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens. Their programs provide opportunities for open dialogue among judges, legal academics, policy makers, and attorneys on issues vital to civil justice. The resulting research is published and utilized throughout the legal community. The Pound Institute’s prominent event is the Annual Judge’s Forum offered to state appellate court judges to examine current issues affecting civil justice in the United States.
Last fall, Pound also held a Symposium with Lewis & Clark in Portland on The Future of Mass Torts, Class Actions and MDLs. Herman co-presented an article with Lynn Baker on the role and responsibility of Court-appointed counsel which was recently published in the Lewis & Clark Law Review. This October, Herman will be moderating a panel discussion on the problems with Protective Orders and Secrecy Agreements. Next summer, Herman will preside over the annual Judges Forum, on the importance of voir dire, particularly in the time of Covid, to secure fair trials for litigants of all races, religions, sexual orientations, and countries of national origin.
For more information about the Pound Civil Justice Institute, see http://www.poundinstitute.org/ or find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Pound-Civil-Justice-Institute-169474606408922/.