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REFORM. To reorganize; to rearrange as, the jury "shall be reformed by putting to and taking out of the persons so impanelled." Stat. 3 H. VIII. c. 12; Bac. Ab. Juries, A.
     2. To reform an instrument in equity, is to make a decree that a deed or other agreement shall be made or construed as it was originally intended by the parties, when an error or mistake as to a fact has been committed. A contract has been reformed, although the party applying to the court was in the legal profession, and he himself drew the contract, it appearing clear that it was framed so as to admit of a construction inconsistent with the true agreement of the parties. 1 Sim. & Stu. 210; 3 Russ. R. 424. But a contract will not be reformed in consequence of an error of law. 1 Russ. & M. 418; 1 Chit. Pr. 124.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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In her 2005 course on Current Legal Issues in Government, Dean Salkin focused on public authorities reform and on reforming state government.
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I want to explain why we advocate reforming the financial reporting model.
(21) Marie's aim in reforming Cistercian convents was to reinstate two key elements of monasticism that she found lacking in certain houses, namely hermetic enclosure and personal poverty.
No matter how or when the current budget dispute works itself out, the failure of a few advocacy groups to use "Mediscare" tactics to cower wavering legislators bodes well for reforming Social Security, the 800-pound gorilla of retirement programs.
That's why every public-opinion survey shows that there has been a steady decline over the months of support for the very idea of reforming the system.
(Exceptions are the historic Congresses of Roosevelt in 1933-36 and of Johnson in 1964-66.) Frequently what appear to be reasonable concessions--in this case, just reforming insurance, for example--are in truth fatal flaws.