Know your tort law, says Ralph Nader, and you know an important lessons about America. He's helping to build a museum to teach those lessons.

Know your tort law, says Ralph Nader, and you know important lessons about America. He’s helping to build a museum to teach those lessons.

Ralph Nader (yes, that Ralph Nader) says that Americans can learn a lot by better understanding tort law.

Do you agree?

A recent story explains that the lawyer, consumer advocate and sometime-presidential candidate is getting closer to a dream to build a museum of tort law in his Connecticut hometown.

You can read even more about it here.

I recall the opening week of Torts class in law school, when I was naïve and thought that some of the commentary and historic tidbits in the textbook were as important as all those cases (what a doofus). And so I still remember the textbook author reminding us that the odd word tort comes from the French tortus—for twisted.

How surreal and visual—exactly the kind of thing to draw an impressionable law student in.

Lawyers adept at trial work and personal injury may be similarly adept at the visual—which is why the museum organizers evocatively name tort “the muscle of justice.”

Proposed American Museum of Tort floor plan

Proposed American Museum of Tort floor plan

I tend to agree that tort is a window of sorts into important parts of American society. So on this Change of Venue Friday, I suppose I’m saying that if he builds it, I will go.

The website for the American Museum of Tort Law is here and includes a variety of display mockups.

Who’s in?

Have a great and tort-free weekend.