Trial lawyer chosen to lead Ralph Nader museum of law

In this Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 photo, Ralph Nader stands next to his poster of Lou Gehrig in his office in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WINSTED, Conn. (AP) — Ralph Nader has appointed a trial lawyer and author as director of the planned American Museum of Tort Law set to open in the consumer advocate’s home town of Winsted, Connecticut.

Nader said Tuesday that Richard L. Newman will oversee the museum intended to broaden public understanding of civil law and issues such as health and consumer protections.

Newman is based in Connecticut and was president of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association from 2004 to 2005.

Nader said Newman combines a career as a consumer lawyer, scholar and author with an enthusiasm to advance the first law museum in the United States.

Newman said the museum is set to open in September. He said it can teach the public about tort law, the law of wrongful injury.
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