Professors Ashley Deeks and Deborah Hellman of the University of Virginia School of Law were recently elected as members of the American Law Institute.

There are now 26 members of the UVA Law faculty currently affiliated with ALI.

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.

Deeks and Hellman, who both joined the Law School in 2012, were among 45 new members inducted in December nationwide.

Deeks is the E. James Kelly, Jr.–Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law and a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law, and at the Miller Center. She is also a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Law and formerly served as the assistant legal adviser for political-military affairs in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser.

Hellman is the David Lurton Massee, Jr., Professor of Law and Roy L. and Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law. Her article “A Theory of Bribery” won the 2019 Fred Berger Memorial Prize (for philosophy of law) from the American Philosophical Association. Hellman and Professor Michael Gilbert are inaugural scholars in UVA’s Corruption Lab on Ethics, Accountability, and the Rule of Law, also known as CLEAR.

Among the newly elected ALI members are UVA Law alumnae Joyce White Vance ’85, a University of Alabama School of Law professor and a former U.S. attorney, and Helgi C. Walker ’94, a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C., office.

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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