Two University of Virginia School of Law professors have been honored by their peers for their accomplishments in their respective fields of law.

Caleb E. Nelson was elected to the American Law Institute, which added 41 new members June 28. ALI attempts to clarify, modernize and improve the law by publishing restatements of the law, model codes and principles of law.

Nelson is the Emerson G. Spies Distinguished Professor of Law and Elizabeth D. and Richard A. Merrill Professor at UVA Law. He teaches and writes about civil procedure, federal courts, statutory interpretation and constitutional law. His articles have appeared in many leading law reviews, including the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review. Nelson joined the Virginia faculty as an associate professor in 1998.

Also in June, Michael Livermore was named the 2016 Haub Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar by the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. The school's environmental law faculty present the award each year to a law professor who exhibits excellence in scholarship early in his or her career. The faculty solicits nominations from law professors throughout the country and selects a recipient from that pool of nominations.

Livermore joined UVA Law as an associate professor in 2013. His primary teaching and research interests are in administrative law, computational analysis of legal texts, environmental law, cost-benefit analysis and regulation. He has published numerous books, chapters and articles on these topics, with a special focus on the role of interest groups and public-choice dynamics in shaping the application and methodology of cost-benefit analysis.

Founded in 1819, the University of Virginia School of Law is the second-oldest continuously operating law school in the nation. Consistently ranked among the top law schools, Virginia is a world-renowned training ground for distinguished lawyers and public servants, instilling in them a commitment to leadership, integrity and community service.