James McManis was a panelist in Washington D.C. as a part of The Law, Justice and Development (LJD) Week at The World Bank. Each year, the LJD Week brings together World Bank Group staff, senior officials from other international financial institutions, international development practitioners, government officials, lawyers, judges, scholars and representatives from civil society. This year, LJD Week explored the role of governance and the law in the social and economic advancement of nations. In a session entitled “The Role of “Precedents” and Guiding Cases in the Effective Application, Interpretation, and Implementation of Law: Comparative Experiences from China, Japan, and the United States”, McManis provided an American trial lawyer’s perspective. He served on the panel with judges from Japan, Taiwan and the U. S. The moderator was Mei Gechlick of Stanford University.