Professors Michael Doran, Richard Schragger, and Pierre-Hugues Verdier of the University of Virginia Law School have joined the American Law Institute. The ALI announced its election on Monday.
There are now 31 AVU law school members currently affiliated with the institute, which produces academic work aimed at updating or improving the law. The organization includes judges, lawyers and law professors from the United States and around the world who are “selected on the basis of their professional achievements and a demonstrated interest in improving the law,” according to the institute website.
Doran is Professor of Law at the Honorable Albert V. Bryan Jr. ’50. His research interests include tax policy, executive compensation and legal ethics. A member of the AVU Law School since 2014 and from 2005 to 2009, Doran was also a faculty member at Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches courses in Taxation, Property, Legal Ethics, Federal Indian Law, Native American Law, and Benefits Law.
Prior to turning to academia, he was a partner at Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, DC, practicing federal tax law and federal pension law. He also served twice in the Office of Tax Policy of the US Department of the Treasury.
Doran received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University and his law degree from Yale Law School.
Schragger, who joined the faculty in 2001, is Perre Bowen Law Professor and Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Law Professor. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, federalism, urban policy, and the constitutional and economic status of cities. He also writes on law and religion.
He is the author of articles on establishment and free exercise clauses, the role of cities in a federal system, local recognition of same-sex marriage, prize law and economic development, and the history of anti-chain store movement. A senior faculty member at the Miller Center at AVU, he teaches property, local government law, urban law and politics, and church and state.
He is the author of the book “City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age”.
Schragger received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Legal Theory from University College London, and his JD from Harvard Law School. He was editor of the Harvard Law Review. After working for Dolores Sloviter, then Chief Justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Schragger joined Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, DC, where he practiced for two years. .
Verdier, who joined the faculty in 2009, is John A. Ewald Jr. Professor of Law and Director of the Graduate Program. He specializes in public international law, banking and financial regulation and international economic relations. Verdier’s current research focuses on the reception of international law in national legal systems, the immunity of foreign states and customary international law.
He is the author of the book “Global Banks on Trial: US Prosecutions and the Remaking of International Finance”. His paper “International law in national legal systems: an empirical investigationâ, Co-authored with Professor Mila Versteeg, was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in a precedent-setting decision that holds Canadian companies accountable for human rights violations.
Prior to joining the faculty, Verdier was a clerk at the Supreme Court of Canada, practiced corporate and financial law with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York, and was a visiting assistant professor at the faculty of law. from Boston University.
Verdier is a graduate of the Joint Civil Law and Common Law Program at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and obtained an LL.M. and SJD degrees from Harvard Law School.
Additionally, among the newly elected members of ALI is former student Lisa S. Loo ’85, vice president of legal affairs and assistant general counsel at Arizona State University.
Members were selected from confidential applications 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 ensure better administration of justice, and to encourage and continue scholarly and scientific legal work”.