Practice Institutes of the LCA
The LCA encourages and facilitates independent study, educational and practice development groups formed by LCA Fellows under the auspices of the society that fall within the parameters of the Institutes of the LCA. These independent groups are referred to as institutes, but may be alternately designated society, group, academy, college or such other descriptive term that designates the nature of the institute purpose, as the group founders may select. The LCA provides the institutes with initial administrative support, design and maintenance of websites, coordination of meetings, liaison with LCA In-House Counsel Fellows and other services incidental to the on-going operation, growth and development of the institutes. Once operating, the institutes act and function independent of the LCA, with minimal LCA oversight. Some institutes hold annual or other scheduled meetings in conjunction with LCA conferences, while others hold meetings at other times and venues.
Membership in the institutes may be by LCA Fellows only. Each institute may, depending upon its individual pursuits, meeting schedule, speaker retention, and overall level of functionality, assess dues for purposes of covering operational expenses above and beyond the initial services provided by the LCA. Associate members of institutes may be other firm colleagues of institute members, even if not an LCA Fellow, but are limited to one associate member per Fellow.
The LCA requires that all institutes adopt the LCA Institute Primary By-Laws (Primary By-Laws), but allows each institute to create, adopt, amend, alter and/or delete any other by-laws(s) not in conflict with the Primary By-Laws. At this time, the LCA recognizes the following institutes, which are either formed or in the formation process.
American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution
Academy of Antitrust Law
American Academy of Medical Malpractice Lawyers
American Institute of Appellate Practice
Aviation Law Institute
Complex Commercial Litigation Institute
Employment Discrimination Defense Institute
International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
Insurance Litigation Institute of America
Intellectual Property Institute
Wage & Hour Defense Institute
Formation of an institute by LCA Fellows may be initiated by contacting G. Steven Henry.