American Law Institute Announces Appointment of New Deputy Director



American Law Institute Announces Appointment of New Deputy Director

PHILADELPHIA — Eleanor Barrett of the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania will join the staff of the American Law Institute as associate director effective July 11, 2022. After a nationwide search, the executive committee of the The Institute unanimously approved Barrett’s nomination. The Deputy Director oversees the day-to-day operations of ALI Headquarters in Philadelphia and supports the Director in the work of the Institute. Eleanor succeeds Stephanie Middleton, who held the position for over a decade.

“ALI is fortunate to have found Eleanor at this time,” said ALI Director Richard L. Revesz. “Her background as a practicing lawyer, law school faculty member and administrator makes her the ideal candidate to fill this important role at the Institute. The Deputy Director acts not only as ALI’s Chief Operating Officer, but also as a trusted advisor on all Institute projects. I am delighted to begin working with Eleanor as ALI continues its important project work, and to have her help usher in ALI’s second century. Although Stephanie will be impossible to replace, I am convinced that Eleanor will be an extremely worthy successor.

Barrett graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an AB in Public and International Affairs and earned his JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is currently the Associate Dean for Curricular Affairs at the Carey Law School at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she developed, administered, and taught Penn Law’s Legal Practice Skills program as the Denise A. Rotko Associate Dean for Legal Practice Skills.

“It is an honor to succeed Stephanie Middleton as ALI’s next Deputy Director,” Barrett said. “I look forward to working with Ricky, the Board, members and talented staff of ALI to advance the mission of the organization into its next century.”

Prior to returning to Penn Law, Barrett clerked for Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and worked in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, where she s is engaged in all aspects of federal politics. and litigation in state courts, with particular emphasis on writing trial and appellate briefs. Between university and law school, she worked as a financial analyst.

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