Professor Aditya Bamzai of the University of Virginia School of Law has become a member of the American Law Institute. The ALI announced its election Monday.

There are now 32 members of the UVA Law faculty currently affiliated with the institute, which produces scholarly work meant to update or otherwise improve the law. The organization includes judges, lawyers and law professors from the U.S. and around the world who are “selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law,” according to the institute’s website.

Bamzai, who joined the Law School faculty in 2016, teaches and writes about administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime and conflicts of law. He is affiliated with the school’s Center for Criminal Justice, LawTech Center and National Security Law Center, and its programs in Constitutional Law and Legal History and Public Policy and Regulation.

In 2018, Bamzai argued Ortiz v. U.S. before the U.S. Supreme Court as a rare independent amicus. The justices cited him by name 31 times in the case, which tackled the scope of the court’s original and appellate jurisdiction under Article III.

He has also argued cases relating to the separation of powers and national security in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, the D.C. Circuit and other federal courts of appeals.

Before entering the academy, Bamzai served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as an appellate attorney in both private practice and for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Bamzai received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review.

In addition, among the newly elected ALI members are alumni Lynda Butler ’78 and James Y. Stern ’09, both professors at William & Mary Law School; Roscoe Jones Jr. ’03, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C., office; Melissa Sawyer ’00, global head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s mergers and acquisitions group; and Andrew Wright ’00, a partner at K&L Gates’ Washington, D.C., office.

Members were selected from confidential nominations submitted by ALI members. ALI 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.”

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