Dean Risa Goluboff and Vice Dean Leslie Kendrick ’06 of the University of Virginia School of Law have been recently elected as members of the American Law Institute.

There are now 25 members of the UVA Law faculty currently affiliated with ALI. Professors Julia Mahoney and Saikrishna Prakash were elected to ALI over the summer.

The institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. The organization includes judges, lawyers and law professors from the United States and abroad, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Goluboff and Kendrick will join 44 new members inducted in December nationwide.

Goluboff is the 12th, and the first female, dean of UVA Law. She is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and their historical development in the 20th century. Her most recent book, "Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s," received several scholarly prizes.

Kendrick joined the faculty in 2008. Her work focuses on torts, property rights and freedom of expression, particularly the scope and structure of free speech rights. She teaches courses in torts, property and constitutional law. Kendrick also earned UVA’s All-University Teaching Award in April.

New ALI members also include UVA Law alumni Evan B. Stephenson '05, a partner at Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell in Denver, and Beth Wilkinson '87, a partner at Wilkinson, Walsh & Eskovitz in Washington, D.C.

Members were selected from confidential nominations submitted by ALI members. ALI was formed in 1923 “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.”

UVA Law Faculty Members of the American Law Institute

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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.

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