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October 1, 2008

American Constitution Society to host discussion, “The Problem with Mandatory Arbitration,” October 2, 2008

On Thursday, October 2, 2008 the American Constitution Society will host John Vail of the Center for Constitutional Litigation for a talk on mandatory arbitration. The event will be held in Townes Hall, Room 3.125, from 2:00–3:00 pm.

John Vail is vice president and senior litigation counsel for the Center for Constitutional Litigation in Washington, D.C., a law firm that limits its practice to constitutional cases in furtherance of access to justice, working on issues including mandatory arbitration, consumers’ rights, and corporate accountability.

Vail is counsel to Jamie Leigh Jones in the case of Jones v. KBR. Jones was nineteen and working for Halliburton/KBR in Houston when she volunteered to go to Iraq. Four days after she arrived she was assaulted by other KBR employees. Jones filed suit to hold KBR accountable, but the company insisted the case go to arbitration. On May 9, a Houston federal judge ruled that a jury, not an arbitrator, would decide Jones’s claims. The case is currently on appeal to the 5th Circuit.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation’s leading progressive legal organizations made up of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers, and other concerned individuals. Its mission is to ensure that fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice enjoy their rightful, central place in American law.

Contact: Brian Dupré, Events Coordinator, UT Chapter of ACS,