About The Center

Founded in 2012, the Center for Law and Public Policy (The Center)—through scholarship, legal expertise, and advocacy—provides the most effective voice for the defense bar in the discussion of substantive law, judicial process, constitutional issues, and the integrity of the civil justice system at both the national and state levels. Two of the Center’s three primary committees—Legislation and Rules and Public Policy—are comprised of numerous task forces and working groups that undertake in-depth studies of a range of topics and publish comments, articles, and white papers on a variety of issues. These resources serve not only as practical tools for DRI members, but also as objective counsel to policymakers and effective public education assets. The Amicus Committee files amicus curiae briefs in carefully selected cases that present issues of importance to civil litigation defense lawyers and their clients.

If you would like to get involved with The Center or to contact a representative for more information, please email TheCenter@dri.org.

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About DRI

For more than 60 years, our parent organization, DRI has advocated for thousands of defense attorney and corporate counsel members and defended the integrity of the civil justice system. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policymakers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth.

Observing a rise in adverse influences that threaten judicial independence; detecting a lack of balance in the plaintiff/defense debate on substantive legal issues, judicial process, and judicial reforms; and noting an alarming lack of public understanding of the critical role of the judiciary in a democratic society; DRI acted.

In September 2012, the leadership of DRI headed by President Henry Sneath created the Center for Law and Public Policy to act as a think tank and the public voice of DRI on issues of import to the defense bar.

For more information on DRI, please visit DRI's About Us page.