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At the American Association for Justice

Some minor press coverage accompanied Jon Haber's low-key announcement in April that he was resigning as CEO of the trial lawyers group, the American Association for Justice.

We would have thought there would have been a few of the gossipy, "insider" kind of stories about his departure, especially since AAJ is powerfully ascendant in a Washington during the Age of Obama. Consider how AAJ's campaign against federal preemption set the stage for President Obama's memorandum to executive branch agencies to abjure the principle in the writing of regulations. But the major media and their Beltway cohort appeared uninterested.

Since then, nothing public from AAJ about its leadership, even though Tom Henderson, its longtime executive director, has returned as Interim CEO. (As you can see from the Contact Us page at AAJ's website.) It was understandably a BIG deal when Henderson retired in 2004, as he had led the Association of Trial Lawyers of America for 17 years. The tributes were enthusiastic. When Henderson was succeeded by Haber, that too was a big deal, well worthy of media coverage.

We've looked around the various legal sites and other sources (here, here, and here) for news about Henderson and found nothing. The Leadership Directories did note Henderson's new/old job in an alert last week.

AAJ is a powerful group, has an aggressive legislative agenda and is clearly recognized by the White House as an ally. Obviously AAJ isn't publicizing its leadership moves, but shouldn't the beat reporters be paying a little closer attention to the goings on there?

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Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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