FSU College of Law professor elected to American Law Institute

College of Law Associate Professor Michael Morley

Michael Morley, an associate professor at Florida State University College of Law, has been selected to become a Fellow of the American Law Institute (ALI).

Election to ALI is an extremely prestigious honor bestowed on the country’s most distinguished judges, lawyers and law professors. The institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.

ALI members draft, discuss, revise, and publish restatements of law, model codes, and principles of law that are influential in courts and legislatures, as well as in legal research and education.

“Michael’s selection as an ALI Fellow is a reflection of his significant contributions to the legal profession and legal research,” said Dean Erin O’Connor. “With Michael’s selection, FSU Law is privileged to have five faculty members at this prestigious organization.”

In addition to Morley, members of the American Law Institute at Florida State include Larry and Joyce Beltz, professor of torts and associate dean of academic affairs, Shawn Bayern, Steven M. Goldstein, professor Wayne Logan, dean and professor McKenzie, Erin O’Connor, and Dean Emeritus and Alumni. Centennial Professor Don Weidner.

Morley joined FSU Law in 2018 and teaches and writes in the areas of election law, constitutional law, appeals and federal courts. He is best known for his work on election emergencies and post-election litigation, injunctions, and the equitable jurisdiction and powers of federal courts. He has testified before congressional committees, made presentations to election officials for the United States Election Assistance Commission, and participated in bipartisan Blue Ribbon groups to craft electoral reforms.

Morley’s scholarship has been published in many of the nation’s top legal journals, and the United States Supreme Court has cited several of his articles.


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