Magill Elected to American Law Institute

April 2, 2010

Academic Associate Dean Elizabeth Magill has been elected to the American Law Institute, a prestigious group of lawyers, judges and academics dedicated to improving the law.

Elizabeth Magill

Magill is among 54 newly elected members, the organization announced in March, and joins more than 20 Law School colleagues already involved with the institute.

"I was really honored to be elected," Magill said."The American Law Institute has a long tradition of eminent lawyers, law professors and judges being involved. Its law reform efforts are very well known and have always been very influential. I was especially touched that people nominated me and wrote letters of support."

The organization produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Its publications are extremely influential in legislatures, courts and academia, and inclusion in the organization is a great honor, said Professor Kenneth Abraham, an ALI member.

"The organization prepares and publishes what they call Restatements of the Law, which are attempts to synthesize and restate the legal principles in a variety of subjects," Abraham said."For example, the principle doctrine in American law of products liability for 40 years or so was a single section of the Restatement of Torts."

A membership committee deliberates on the qualifications of proposed members, and Abraham said Magill is a valuable addition to the organization.

"I think she's a superb legal scholar and a great lawyer, and she deserves to be a member of the institute," he said.

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