Over the ensuing decades, NACCA changed its name 3 times. In 1973 it became known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), a name that stuck for 33 more years. In 2006 the group adopted its current name — American Association for Justice (AAJ).
Mission of AAJ
The Mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system—and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. (Source,AAJ website)
What does this really mean?
It means that AAJ supports lawyers who are on the side of the “little guy”. The organization advocates for justice and fairness for those who are injured, safeguards victims’ rights (especially the right to a trial by jury), provide educational opportunities for lawyers and staff and strengthens the entire civil justice system. It means that trial attorneys have a worldwide network of legal professionals who are dedicated to serving clients successfully and protecting the values of the civil justice system.
Benefits of Hiring a Member of AAJ
Not surprisingly, then, we recommend anyone needing legal assistance for an injury, premises liability, slip and fall, defective product, negligence, workers’ compensation, disability case, etc., verify that the attorney with whom they consult is a member of AAJ. Clients of AAJ member attorneys get the benefit of this incredible network of legal professionals behind them in every case. Herndon injury lawyer Doug Landau utilizes the listServs and networking AAJ provides to help his disabled clients and their families. “It’s like having several thousand partners to bounce ideas off of and to ask questions,” he adds. ”My father would tell the audience in his speeches that the AAJ Directory was one of the most valuable books in his entire firm’s library.” Plus, AAJ members have united to help support the lobbying efforts of what is really the only voice victims of corporate malfeasance and insurance industry have on Capitol Hill.