On March 12, CCL President Robert S. Peck addressed law students at George Washington University about issues affecting the practice of tort law today, as part of a panel sponsored by that school’s student chapter of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.  Peck spoke from the perspective of an appellate lawyer, who sees the obstacles placed before plaintiffs seeking compensation for wrongful injuries and often challenges the constitutionality of those impediments.  He noted that recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions, particularly in the areas of arbitration and treatment of class actions, have made an already steep climb even more acute.  Others on the panel addressed similar issues from the perspectives of insurance and defense counsel, as well as that of an arbitrator.