Early Career Scholars Medal

Every other year, ALI awards the Early Career Scholars Medal (previously known as the "Young Scholars Medal") to one or two outstanding law professors whose work is relevant to the real world and has the potential to influence improvements in the law. The purpose of the award is to encourage practical scholarly work and to publicize the work of the honorees by sponsoring conferences on issues related to their work. Honorees are also asked to speak at an Annual Meeting.

This program is made possible through the generous contributions of our members, including the gifts received from our Life Member classes.

2017 Recipients

Colleen V. Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law
Professor Chien's scholarship focuses on domestic and international patent law and policy issues, and she has already played an important role in helping to formulate public policy on intellectual property and innovation, privacy, open government, and civil liberties. 

Daniel Schwarcz, University of Minnesota Law School
Professor Schwarcz's research focuses on insurance law and regulation, spanning issues such as solvency regulation, consumer protection, employer-sponsored health insurance, and insurance coverage litigation.

2015 Recipients

Elizabeth Chamblee Burch, University of Georgia School of Law
Professor Burch's research focuses on class actions and large-scale, non-class aggregation, often drawing from fields beyond law including social psychology, behavioral law, and economics.

Michael Simkovic, Seton Hall University School of Law
Professor Simkovic was recognized for scholarship that centers on bankruptcy, corporate finance, secured transactions, and taxation.

2013 Recipients

Adam J. Levitin, Georgetown Law Center
Professor Levitin was recognized for his work on financial regulation and the recent crisis in mortgage foreclosures.
Video: Senator Elizabeth Warren offers keynote at Professor Levitin’s conference

Amy B. Monahan, University of Minnesota Law School
Professor Monahan was recognized for scholarship that centers on the intersection of health care reform and public-sector pensions.
Video: Professor Monahan addresses the Annual Meeting on "The Law and Politics of Public Pensions."

2011 Recipients

Oren Bar-Gill, New York University School of Law
Professor Bar-Gill's medal recognizes his insights into consumer psychology, which are the basis for his proposal of specific legal solutions to match specific problems in the markets for cell phones, subprime mortgages, and credit cards.

Jeanne C. Fromer, New York University School of Law
Professor Fromer was honored for her work exploring the claiming systems of patent and copyright law, as well as forum shopping in patent litigation.


ALI seeks candidates who have been full-time academics for three to 10 years. All legal fields and all methodologies are eligible.


We will be seeking the next round of nominations in the spring of 2018. We request no more than one nominee per school. The law school dean (or his or her designee) should submit a nominating letter explaining why the nominee's work is especially promising. The nominee's complete CV should also be included and one to three of the nominee's writings (even if not yet published) that demonstrate scholarship with the potential to influence law reform.

For more information, please contact the ALI Executive Office at 215-243-1673 or EarlyScholars@ALI.org.