Associate Dean Richardson elected to prestigious American Law Institute


Tulane Law associate dean Sally Richardson, an international property rights scholar, was elected by her peers to join the American Law Institute, the nation’s most influential legal reform organization.

Richardson is one of 22 new members elected this month to ALI, an independent organization made up of eminent scholars, judges and practicing lawyers and which produces scholarly work, including influential legal work that clarifies, modernizes and improve the law.

“Sally will be a tremendous asset to ALI and her election is a well-deserved recognition of her national leadership in her field,” said Dean of Law David Meyer.

Richardson has been a major contributor to law reform in many settings over the years, including serving on the Board of the Louisiana Law Institute and as a reporter for its Louisiana Property Law Review and a member of a dozen other Institute committees dealing with a wide range of Louisiana Code revisions.

She is also a reporter for the Uniform Law Commission’s Property Law Study Committee and as an elected officer and national officer of the American Academy of Comparative Law and the Association of Law, Property and Society.

The ALI is a fundamental organization of the American legal system. “ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes restatements of law, model codes, and principles of law that have a significant influence on courts and legislatures, as well as legal research and education,” according to its website.

Members can influence the development of the law both in existing areas of legal work and in those that are emerging. They can work with other eminent lawyers, judges, scholars and contribute to the public good. Richardson joins five other Tulane colleagues as elected ALI members, including Tulane President Mike Fitts, Dean David Meyer and Professors Ronald Scalise, Joel Friedman and Cynthia Samuel.

In 2020, Richardson was named associate dean of academic affairs at Tulane Law, a position where she distinguished herself as a highly capable administrator who helped lead the school through changes in the delivery of law. teaching law during the national COVID-19 pandemic.

Richardson, AD Freeman Professor of Civil Law, is a leading scholar of comparative property law, studying the interactions and influences of common law and common law property systems. She is the author of two major casebooks in the field, as well as several scholarly articles examining the modern effectiveness of ancient doctrines of property law ranging from easements to adverse possession. His article “Reframing Ameliorative Waste”, published in the American Journal of Comparative Law, was selected for the very prestigious Yale/Stanford/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum in 2015.

All the while, Richardson is one of the students’ most beloved teachers. In 2019, she received Tulane University’s highest teaching honor – the President’s Award for Excellence in Professional and Higher Education. Four years earlier, the class had selected her to receive the law school‘s highest teaching award, the Felix Frankfurter Award for Distinguished Teaching.

Richardson serves on the board of the Association of Law, Property and Society and the Younger Comparativist Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law. She is a board member of the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter. She is also an active member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, serving on its board and several committees, including the Water Law Committee, Persons-Marriage Committee, and Tax Sales Committee.

Prior to joining Tulane Law School, Richardson practiced law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, D.C. She clerked for Judge W. Eugene Davis at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and before that, she worked as deputy director of communications for then- U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.


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