Tuesday at 9:00 a.m., the ALI meeting began with a report on the principles of the law of non-profit organizations. As you might imagine there was a great deal of interest among the membership on this topic. If you’re an academic your institution is generally a non-profit institution, plus many attorneys serve on the boards of non-profits of all kinds and though we tend to think of Torts Professornon-profits as being charities, there are also non-profit organizations that are not charitable in nature but that serve very important functions in society. It was a very lively and interesting discussion. As I wandered out to get a cup of coffee, I ran into my law school Torts Professor Michael Green who’s now teaching at Wake Forest. It was great to see him.

At 12:45 p.m. the meeting adjourned for lunch and I went with Federal Court of Appeals Judge John M. Rogers and Professor Steve Sheppard to a restaurant called City Lights of China, a Chinese restaurant recommended by the concierge in the Mayflower Hotel. It was within walking distance, actually not too far off Dupont Circle. When you go in, you go down a few stairs. It was fantastic. One of the things I think we need more of in Fayetteville is really good Chinese food. We had asparagus with spice salt and it was very fresh, crisp and delicious. I had spicy duck slices served with mushrooms and peppers. Prof. Sheppard had szechwan chicken and Judge Rogers had eggplant. It was a pretty healthy meal and I was actually even able to get an Arnold Palmer, which is unusual in a Chinese restaurant. (An Arnold Palmer is of course half lemonade and half ice tea). I enjoyed meeting Judge Rogers and getting totable guests know a little bit about him as well as life on the bench.

We were very full as we walked back. We stopped at Kramer Bookstore on the way back to the hotel. The afternoon session was on restitution and unjust enrichment and I stayed for a little bit and then went up to my room to comb through e-mails and get some work done.

That evening was the annual reception and annual dinner for ALI and the dinner speaker was President Michael Traynor, the outgoing President of ALI. Professor Killenbeck was not able to attend, so he gave me his ticket and Stacie Walters joined me at the dinner, which was black tie optional. (For those of you who follow the blog, Stacie’s a regular.) We were fortunate in that we sat with a number of dignitaries at our table, including Yale Law Professor Drew Days, attorney Charles Cooper (chairman of the law firm Cooper & Kirk, PLLC) and his wife Deb and Judge Everett Robinson from Durham, NC. We had a delightful dinner getting to know each one of them. They made us feel very welcome, both me as a new member to ALI, and Stacie as a visitor. The dinner remarks given by StacieMichael Traynor were right on target in that they focused on lawyers and our role in defending the rule of law. It was a delightful evening (I said that didn’t I? But indeed it was) and thanks very much to Prof. Killenbeck for providing the dinner ticket to Stacie. Thanks too, to all our dinner companions for making dinner so enjoyable.

After dinner it was time to rest for the next morning because the first session of the next day was the restatement of employment law and as you might imagine, I have a particular interest in that substantive area and had received a heads up that there might be some controversy about some of the provisions. I wanted to be rested to be alert and to participate and contribute to that discussion.