Lawyers for civil justice
Since 1987, Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a partnership of leading corporate counsel and defense bar practitioners, has fought to streamline rules in our civil justice system that waste businesses' time and resources.
In particular, LCJ promotes the corporate and defense perspective on proposed changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and works proactively to achieve specific rule reforms by galvanizing corporate and defense practitioners and legal scholars to offer consensus proposals to the rule makers. The formal comments, combined with the face-to-face testimony and interaction of LCJ members at various hearings and additional support provided by leading legal scholars and academics, provides compelling reasons for judges, Members of Congress and rule makers to give serious consideration to fundamental rule reform.
LCJ has a strong record and has been honored by the Institute of Legal Reform at the U.S. Chamber for its success reforming current rules that require businesses of all sizes to retain massive amounts of information irrelevant to their cases.
Currently, LCJ is focusing on reforms related to class actions and multidistrict litigation, Rule 30(b)(6), discovery and third party litigation among other topics. To read more about LCJ priorities and accomplishments, please click here.
ARE THE NEW RULES CHANGING THE PRACTICE OF DISCOVERY?
LCJ has advocated for amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure governing discovery since 2010. On December 1, 2015, the major amendments intended to improve the practice of discovery in civil litigation went into effect. These changes were intended to reduce the costs and burdens associated with the epidemic of over-discovery while ensuring that all participants in the civil justice system have access to the information required to assert or defend against legal claims.
The LCJ website features a collection of resources for practitioners to learn about the changes to discovery and how they are impacting litigation. Please click below for more information.
The 2015 Discovery Amendments