The AAJ: More than Just an Attorney Organization
The Truck Wreck Justice team at the Law Offices of Morgan Adams recognizes the value of continuing education, advocacy, and outreach in the area of trucking safety and regulations, which is why founding attorney Morgan Adams is a longstanding member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) — including a two-year term on the AAJ’s Board of Governors, where he served from 2009 to 2011.
The AAJ (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), which was founded in 1946 as the National Association of Claimants’ Compensation Attorneys (NACCA), is a nonprofit advocacy and lobbying organization for plaintiff’s lawyers. The group consists of an international coalition of attorneys, law professors, paralegals, and law students who believe in the AAJ’s mission and its purpose as a resource for the latest professional news and information and a way to network with other legal professionals.
As part of their mission, the AAJ focuses on four specific areas that enhance the ability of their member attorneys to represent their clients aggressively and effectively:
- Promoting Accountability & Safety — holding large corporations and other entities accountable when they act negligently and attempt to deny responsibility for their actions.
- Enhancing the Practice of Law — facilitating collaboration amongst peer attorneys and providing education programs, seminars, awards, and special publications for members.
- Advocating for the Civil Justice System — through issue advocacy, research, political action, and litigation.
- Improving Our Communities — by volunteering, raising money for charitable organizations, and offering free legal services to those in need.
In addition to his tenure on the AAJ’s Board of Governors, Morgan Adams is a past Chair of both the AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group and its Bus Litigation Group, a position that allowed him to provide guidance and direction to other attorneys who work in the area of large truck and bus crashes.
Currently, Morgan Adams serves as Treasurer for the AAJ’s Traumatic Brain Injuries Litigation Group. He also became the first (and only) lawyer in the U.S. to receive the AAJ’s Trucking Litigation Group Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Of course, being a member of an organization like the AAJ is not a matter of recognition — it’s about facilitating attorney education, promoting tools for change, and working to provide the best possible representation for clients. Litigation groups like those in the AAJ are critical resources for many lawyers because they provide a network of colleagues, strategic information, and documentation from past cases for attorneys who work in challenging legal practice areas like large truck and bus accidents.
In addition to its attorney networking and education resources, the AAJ provides an important avenue for public safety advocacy. As an example, Morgan Adams has been able to share his experiences in litigating commercial bus and truck accident cases thanks to events like the AAJ’s 2010 Interstate Trucking Seminar and its Jazz Fest Seminar, which took place this past April.
The attorneys of the Truck Wreck Justice team believe that education is an essential component of reform, and this includes educating other lawyers as well as the public and its elected officials. AAJ participation is one way we strive to live up to this mission.