FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) ABOUT THE ALETHEIA INSTITUTE
Frequently Asked Questions about The Aletheia Institute
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What does “ALETHEIA” mean?

Aletheia or ?λ?θεια  is an ancient Greek word meaning “The Final or Ultimate Truth.”

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What is the ALETHEIA INSTITUTE?

Founded in 2007 and incorporated in 2008, “The Aletheia Institute of North America,” is a non-profit corporation headquartered in West Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Institute is a non-political, neutral and independent organization of lawyers and forensic experts throughout North America who are committed to practicing and fostering Truth in Advocacy, Full Disclosure in Discovery, and a Fair Measure of Justice for the all who seek, participate in, and help administer civil justice.

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What does the ALETHEIA INSTITUTE do?

The Institute helps its members to rebut junk science, obtain full disclosure during court sanctioned discovery, and preserve the rights of all to a fair measure of justice. (See MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS).
The Institute helps the media and public to identify and understand junk science, discovery abuse and unfair limitations upon justice; helps to educate the media and public about the terrible drain upon and damage to the civil justice system by those who promote junk science, discovery abuse and arbitrary limitations on justice.                                               (See AWARDS)
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Who is eligible for membership?
Only those individuals who are invited are eligible for membership in The Aletheia Institute. Individuals must meet three fundamental requirements:
1.    Never sanctioned for unethical conduct;
2.    Never participated or condoned in destruction of evidence;
3.    No support to arbitrary limitations on justice.

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Are there Different Types of Membership in The ALETHEIA INSTITUTE?
There are only two categories of Membership with full privileges:
 
a) Regular Members: Any person who is licensed to practice a profession; is of good moral character; is engaged in any field or phase of advocacy; follows their rules of professional conduct;  and who is committed and devoted to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized, shall be eligible for regular membership, and shall continue to be a regular member in good standing upon the payment of his periodic dues, and the continued adherence to the objectives of the Association and to the qualifications for membership, and who shall in writing subscribe to those objectives. Provided, however, that no person shall be eligible for or continue his Regular Membership in this Association who, for the most part, represents the defense of personal injury litigation.
 
b) Founding Members: Members paying a one time contribution and thereafter paying Regular Members dues.
 
There are two categories of partial non-voting participation allowing limited access to membership benefits:
a) Prokoptons or Allied Members: A “prokopton” is one who “pursues the truth.” A prokopton or “Allied Member” is any person whether licensed or unlicensed, certified or uncertified, who commits to, believes in, and supports the purposes and mission of the Institute and who not yet vetted to become a full member. He/she shall remain an Allied Member or Prokopton in good standing as long as he/she continues to assist The Institute, pays the annual dues as set by the Executive Committee and continues to adhere to the objectives of this Institute and to the qualifications for Allied Membership. Sponsorship shall be the continual responsibility of the individual Regular Member who invites such an Allied Member, and such sponsoring member shall be ultimately responsible for the good standing of his sponsored Allie, including but not limited to the payment of membership dues. Allied memberships shall be a class of non-voting members.

b) Advisory Members: Any person whether licensed or unlicensed, certified or uncertified, who commits to, believes in, and supports the purposes and mission of the Institute, who does not wish to become a  a full member, but who wishes to provide advice, counsel or services to the Institute, and be identified as an Advisor to the Institute. He/she shall remain an Advisory Member in good standing as long as he/she continues to advise, counsel and serve The Institute, pays the annual dues as set by the Executive Committee and continues to adhere to the objectives of this Institute and to the qualifications for Advisory Membership. Sponsorship shall be the continual responsibility of the individual Regular Member who invites such Advisory Member, and such sponsoring member shall be ultimately responsible for the good standing of his sponsored Allie, including but not limited to the payment of membership dues. Advisory memberships shall be a class of non-voting members.


What are the dues?

REGULAR MEMBERS - ATTORNEYS or FORENSIC EXPERTS
$300.00 per year
 
FOUNDING MEMBERS
$1,000 contribution for the first year; thereafter regular dues of $300 per year.


JUDICIAL or PUBLIC SERVICE MEMBERS
Any judge or judicial officer or professional employed by any state, province, territory or government entity, or charitable institution which serves the public:
$100.00 per year (Which is waived for special circumstances)
ALLIED MEMBER
Paralegals & other employees allied with members or member firms $185.00
 
DEDUCTIBILITY – The Aletheia Institute dues are not deductible as charitable contributions for tax purposes, but continue to be deductible as a business expense.