Elected Professor at the American Law Institute


Professor Aditya Bamzai of the University of Virginia School of Law became a Fellow of the American Law Institute. ALI announced its election on Monday.

There are now 32 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.

Bamzai, who joined the law school in 2016, teaches and writes on administrative law, civil procedure, computer crime, and conflict of laws. It is affiliated with the school’s Center for Criminal Justice, LawTech Center, and National Security Law Center, as well as its Constitutional Law and Legal History and Public Policy and Regulatory programs.

In 2018, Bamzai argued Ortiz vs USA before the United States Supreme Court as a rare independent amicus. The judges cited him by name 31 times in the case, which addressed the scope of the court’s trial and appellate jurisdiction under Article III.

He has also argued separation of powers and national security cases before the Court of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review, the DC Circuit, and other federal appellate courts.

Prior to entering the academy, Bamzai served as counsel in the Office of Legal Counsel for the United States Department of Justice and as an appellate counsel in private practice and for the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Justice Jeffrey Sutton of the United States 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 editor of the law journal.

Additionally, newly elected ALI members include alumni Lynda Butler ’78 and James Y. Stern ’09, both professors at William & Mary Law School; Roscoe Jones Jr. ’03, partner in the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher office in Washington, DC; Melissa Sawyer ’00, Global Head of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group; and Andrew Wright ’00, partner in the K&L Gates office in Washington, DC.

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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