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The AAJ Explains Its Media Ban

In response to my post, The AAJ's Misguided Media Ban, I received an e-mail from Ray De Lorenzi, the AAJ's associate director of communications, who I mentioned in the post. He invited me to republish his e-mail here, so here it is:


I saw your blog item and wanted to clarify a few things:

First, my statement that AAJ has never allowed media at our convention was overly broad. However, we have not allowed media at our last several conventions - this is not a recent change in policy. If we received an influx of media requests to attend our convention, this would have led us to reconsider our current policy; however, this has not been the case.

This particular reporter who attempted to attend our convention is from a publication called Legal Newsline. Legal Newsline is owned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform and continually distorts and misrepresents the civil justice system and the work plaintiffs' attorneys do.

While you may disagree with our decision to close this event to press, we continually communicate with the media and general public about our legislative agenda and other priorities. We disagree with your claim that our decision to close this one event, which is staged specifically for our members, is evidence of lack of transparency on our part.

Feel free to post this directly to your blog or update the older post. Please let me know of any other questions.

Ray De Lorenzi
Associate Director, Communications
American Association for Justice

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 28, 2009 at 09:40 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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