2 elected professors at the American Law Institute


Professors Bertrall Ross and Micah Schwartzman ’05 of the University of Virginia School of Law became Fellows of the American Law Institute. The ALI announced its elections on Friday.

There is now 34 UVA law faculty members currently affiliated with the institute, which produces scholarly work intended to update or improve the law. The organization includes judges, attorneys, and law professors from the United States and around the world who are “selected on the basis of their professional accomplishments and demonstrated interest in improving the law,” according to the site. Institute website.

Ross, who joined the faculty in 2021, is Justice Thurgood Marshall’s professor emeritus of law. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, constitutional theory, electoral law, administrative law and statutory interpretation.

Ross’s research is driven by a concern with democratic responsiveness and accountability, as well as the inclusion of marginalized communities in administrative and political processes. His previous scholarship has been published in several books and journals, including Columbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, and University of Chicago Law Review. Two of his articles have been selected by the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.

Ross received his undergraduate degree in international affairs and history from the University of Colorado, Boulder; his graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; and his law degree from Yale Law School.

Schwartzman, who joined the faculty in 2007, is Hardy Cross Dillard Professor of Law and Roy L. and Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law. His scholarship covers law and religion, jurisprudence, political philosophy, and constitutional law.

Schwartzman earned his BA from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His recent work has appeared in the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Supreme Court Review. He has co-edited the book “The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty”, published by Oxford University Press, and is co-author of a forthcoming casebook, “Constitutional Law and Religion”.

They are both directors of the school’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy.

In addition, newly elected ALI members include alumni Bob Bauer ’76, a professor at New York University School of Law; Pamela Bookman ’06, professor at Fordham Law School; and Valerie M. Nannery ’03, Senior Director of Policy and Programs at the American Constitution Society.

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

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