Geoffrey C. Hazard Director's files
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Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. graduated from Swarthmore College in 1953 and received his LL.B. from Columbia University in 1954. Widely considered an authority on legal ethics, Hazard teaches courses in civil procedure, federal jurisdiction, legal ethics, and professional responsibility at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Hazard was Director of the American Law Institute from 1984 to 1999. During his tenure, the ALI worked on many important restatement and codification projects, including a Restatement of the Law Governing Lawyers and revisions to the Uniform Commercial Code.
The Geoffrey C. Hazard Director's Files, 1982-1999, chiefly cover Hazard's activities as Director of the American Law Institute from 1984 to 1999.
The collection includes correspondence, meeting materials, reports, subject files, and other materials regarding administrative and fundraising matters; Council meetings; ALI committees; ALI-ABA continuing legal education courses; areas of the law analyzed in the Second and Third Restatements of the Law; codification projects, including the Uniform Commercial Code, for which Hazard served on the Permanent Editorial Board; other studies commissioned by ALI, including those on transnational insolvency, family law, complex litigation, corporate governance, and taxation; meetings Hazard was invited to as Director; and work with the American Bar Association, particularly regarding legal ethics.
- Administrative Files
- Committee Files
- Annual Meetings
- General Correspondence
- Personal Correspondence
- Correspondence Files
- Restatement of the Law, Second
- Restatement of the Law, Third
- Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code
- Principles of Corporate Governance
- Transnational Civil Procedure
- Tax Projects
- Family Dissolution: Analysis and Recommendations
- Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury
- Complex Litigation: Statutory Recommendations and Analysis
- Federal Judicial Code Revision Project
- Administrative Law Project
- Subject Files
- American Bar Association
The bulk of this collection is arranged according to major projects undertaken by the American Law Institute while Hazard was Director. With the exception of the tax-related projects, which have been combined into one series, each of these projects is its own series. Most minor, proposed, and discontinued projects can be located in the Subject Files series.
Additional materials sent in 2008.
No exact date known, but shipments were sent from ALI Headquarters in the late 90s and early 2000s.
An number of spreadsheets are available offline and may provide additional help in locating relevant materials. Please contact the archives for more information.
Processed by Jordon Steele, September 2008-May 2009.
- American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education
- Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code
- University of Pennsylvania: Biddle Law Library
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- Jordon Steele
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Correspondence on administrative matters, including personnel and publishing.
Chiefly correspondence with funders of ALI projects.
Correspondence with members of Council and papers from Council meetings.
Correspondence and other materials relating to permanent committees, ad hoc committees, special committees, and task forces.
Correspondence and other material related to Hazard's interaction with the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education.
Meeting minutes, correspondence, and other material related to ALI Annual Meetings.
Letters written and received by Hazard not filed under more specific headings.
Correspondence marked "personal" by Hazard.
For Hazard's papers unrelated to his ALI activity, please see the Geoffrey Hazard Papers, 2009.MSS.001.
Letters sent and received by Hazard and organized by correspondent.
Drafts, correspondence, and related materials regarding Hazard's participation in the drafting of the Restatement of the Law, Second, which is an ongoing project to revise and enhance aspects of the First Restatement of the Law.
Drafts, correspondence, and related materials regarding Hazard's participation in the drafting of the Restatement of the Law, Third, which is an ongoing project to revise and enhance aspects of Restatement of the Law, Second.
Includes papers on projects including Joint Ownership (discontinued), Mortgages, Security, Servitudes, and Donative Transfers.
Formerly subtitled "General Principles" and "Basic Principles."
Drafts, correspondence, reports, Permanent Editorial Board commentaries, minutes, meeting materials, and related materials regarding Hazard's activity as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board, which was originally established in 1961 to provide advice, recommendations, and commentary on the Uniform Commercial Code. The Uniform Commercial Code was first promulgated in 1952 in an effort to harmonize various laws related to commercial transactions and sales in the United States of America. The revision and enhancement of the Uniform Commercial Code remains an ongoing joint project between the ALI and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. As Director of the ALI, Hazard was automatically appointed to the Permanent Editorial Board.
Chiefly arranged by number of Article.
Correspondence, drafts and related materials regarding Hazard's activity as a member of the Permanent Editorial Board that Hazard did not file under a particular article.
Drafts, reports, correspondence and related materials regarding the drafting of the Principles of Corporate Governance, a project that aimed to summarize the conditions under which corporations lawfully conduct operations.
Correspondence, meeting materials, drafts, and related materials regarding the Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure project, a joint project between the ALI and UNIDROIT to establish standards for adjudication of transnational commercial disputes.
Correspondence, meeting materials, drafts, and related materials regarding ALI's various tax-related projects, including the Federal Income Tax Project, tax treaties, and Taxation of Private Business Enterprises (formerly "Taxation of Pass-Through Entities").
Drafts, correspondence, and related materials regarding the Family Dissolution project, a comprehensive work on aspects of family law, including child custody, child and spousal support, marital agreements, and unmarried domestic partners.
Drafts, correspondence, and related materials regarding the Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury study, which deals with how well various institutions—prominently, but not exclusively, tort litigation—have performed in addressing the human and economic problems created by personal injuries. The study also included those facets of the tort system that have proved especially troublesome in recent years and presents the Reporters' judgments about how the tort system should evolve in the future.
Correspondence, drafts and related materials regarding the Complex Litigation project, a study of procedures used to develop and manage large-scale litigation.
Chiefly correspondence regarding the Federal Judicial Code Revision Project, an effort to clarify and simplify three subjects within Title 28 of the United States Code: supplemental jurisdiction, venue, and removal.
Correspondence, drafts, and related material regarding the Transnational Insolvency Project, which sought to develop principles and procedures for managing the general default of an economic enterprise having its center of interest in a NAFTA country and having assets, creditors, and operations in more than one NAFTA country. Members of this project were from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
Chiefly correspondence regarding the planning of a restatement of administrative law, a project proposed by ALI but never undertaken. Work on the proposed project was ended in 1997.
Correspondence and other materials collected by Hazard and grouped by subject matter. Hazard's file names have largely been retained.
Programs, commemorative material, correspondence, and other material related to the planning of the American Law Institute's 75th Anniversary Meeting, held in 1997.
Includes files on the Criminal Code, criminal rules amdendments, and correspondence with John Rabiej.
Correspondence with Neil Cohen.
For additional records related to Article 8, please consult the Uniform Commercial Code Series.
See also the "Criminal Law" subject file.
Correspondence with Donna Kempe.
Correspondence for reception regarding the Uniform Commercial Code.
Correspondence, meeting materials, and other materials related to Hazard's activities on liaison committees with the American Bar Association, particularly in the field of legal ethics.
This series relates to Hazard's interaction with the American Bar Association as ALI Director. For papers related to Hazard's activities as a member of the American Bar Association, please see the Geoffrey Hazard Papers. The collection has not been processed but has been given the accession identifier 2009.MSS.001.