ALI Elects 60 New Members

ALI Elects 60 New Members

The American Law Institute has elected 60 new members who will bring their expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles, and Model Codes.

“I am delighted to welcome this remarkable group of lawyers, academics, and judicial officers to the Institute,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “The American Law Institute is an active institution that depends on the talent, wisdom, and diverse perspectives of its members for its continued activity and excellence. I look forward to the thoughtful contributions of these new members.” 

Visit the Newly Elected Members Page to view biographical sketches of the new members.

Afra Afsharipour, Davis – Professor, University of California, Davis School of Law
Tracie L. Brown, San Francisco – Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First District
Huey P. Cotton, Jr., Van Nuys – Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Gonzalo P. Curiel, San Diego – Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
Elizabeth E. Joh, Davis – Professor, University of California, Davis School of Law
Curtis E.A. Karnow, San Francisco – Judge, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
Paul J. Watford, Pasadena – Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Alexandra D. Lahav, Hartford – Professor, University of Connecticut Law School

District of Columbia
Anna Blackburne-Rigsby – Chief Judge, District of Columbia Court of Appeals
John Buckley – Senior Counsel, Williams & Connolly LLP
Michael A. Fitzpatrick – Head of Regulatory Advocacy, General Electric Company
Sonia V. Jimenez – Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice
Suzanne Ross McDowell – Partner, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Gwendolyn Prothro Renigar – General Counsel & Vice Chair, Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Nicole A. Saharsky – Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
Ethan V. Torrey – Legal Counsel, Supreme Court of the United States

Sarah Hawkins Warren, Atlanta – Justice, Supreme Court of Georgia

Aviam Soifer, Honolulu – Dean, University of Hawaii at Manoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

Sarah M. Konsky, Chicago – Professor, University of Chicago Law School
David A. Strauss, Chicago – Professor, University of Chicago Law School

Jeannine A. Bell, Bloomington – Professor, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law

Ronald Joseph Scalise, Jr., New Orleans – Professor, Tulane University School of Law

Jacob E. Gersen, Cambridge – Professor, Harvard Law School

Linda A. Wasserman, Bloomfield Hills – Partner, Honigman LLP

Benjamin E. Griffith, Oxford – Partner, Griffith Law Firm

Lyrissa Barnett Lidsky, Columbia – Dean, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law

Neil G. Westesen, Bozeman – Partner, Crowley Fleck PLLP

Marketa Trimble, Las Vegas – Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law

New Jersey
Noel L. Hillman, Camden – Judge, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
Paul B. Matey, Newark – Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circut

New York
Aviva Abramovsky, Buffalo – Dean, State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law
John Joseph Cannon, III, New York – Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP
Thomas A. Chaseman, New York – Assistant General Counsel, American International Group, Inc.
Kenneth Chin, New York – Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Joseph B. Frumkin, New York – Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Andrew Grumet, New York – Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Marcel Kahan, New York – Professor, New York University Law School
David Andrew Katz, New York – Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Simon M. Lorne, New York – Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer, Millennium Management LLC
Maria D. Melendez, New York – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
David Reiss, Brooklyn – Professor, Brooklyn Law School
David B. Rich III, New York – Managing Director & Associate General Counsel, BNY Mellon
John Sare, New York – Partner, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Ari Ezra Waldman, New York – Professor, New York Law School

North Carolina
Allison Jones Rushing, Asheville – Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circut
Matthew W. Sawchak, Raleigh – Solicitor General, North Carolina Department of Justice

Browne C. Lewis, Cleveland – Professor, Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

John F. Fischer, Tulsa – Judge, Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals

Wendy Beetlestone, Philadelphia – Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Richard Glazer, Philadelphia – Senior Advisor to District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Sandra A. Jeskie, Philadelphia and San Diego, California – Partner, Duane Morris LLP
Jan P. Levine, Philadelphia – Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP
Michael H. McGinley, Philadelphia – Partner, Dechert LLP

South Carolina
Deborah B. Barbier, Columbia – Sole Practitioner, Deborah B. Barbier Attorney at Law

Erin Nealy Cox, Dallas – U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Texas, U.S. Attorney's Office
Marcy Hogan Greer, Austin – Partner, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson LLP

Roger L. Gregory, Richmond – Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
Vivian Eulalia Hamilton, Williamsburg – Professor, College of William & Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law


Flavio Luiz Yarshall, Sao Paulo – Partner, Yarshell e Camargo Advogados

Hans Schulte-Nölke, Osnabruck – Prof. Dr., European Legal Studies Institute

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About The American Law Institute

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

By participating in the Institute’s work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.

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