UM Professor of Law elected to the American Law Institute


By Christina Steube

University of Mississippi

Farish Percy. Submitted photo

Farish Percy, professor of law at the University of Mississippi, is one of 24 newly elected members from across the country to the American Law Institute.

The American Law Institute, or ALI, is an independent national organization that works to produce scholarships to improve and clarify the law. According to the ALI website, the work of its members has become influential in courts, legislatures, legal studies and education.

“I am extremely honored to join the distinguished lawyers, judges and law professors who are members of ALI and who share ALI’s mission to clarify and simplify the law in order to improve the administration of justice. . Percy noted.

Percy joined the university’s law school in 2001 after practicing law for eight years in tort, commercial litigation and appellate practice. During that time, she tried cases in Mississippi state and federal courts and argued in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Mississippi Supreme Court.

“The election of Professor Percy to ALI is a great honor and a testament to his fantastic work,” said Susan Duncan, Dean of the Faculty of Law. “His newspaper articles are cited by courts and academics, making him a wonderful addition to ALI.”

Percy teaches torts, civil procedure, insurance and evidence. His research and fellowships focus primarily on the referral of cases from state courts to federal courts. She said she was very eager to participate in projects as part of her expertise.

She joined the advisory groups of ALI members working on the Restatement of Torts: Defamation and Privacy and Restatement of Torts: Remedies projects.

“I will be able to review and comment on drafts of the proposed reformulations and to interact with leading experts in the field,” she said. “Reformulations are valuable resources not only for judges but also for practitioners. In addition, many courts have adopted reformulation sections as control law. “

To become an ALI member, a person must first be nominated by a member familiar with the candidate’s work, and then supported by two other members. A new member is ultimately selected by demonstrating excellence and outstanding professional achievement in their area of ​​legal expertise.

Besides Percy, Tucker carrington, Associate Dean of Ole Miss Law School for Clinical Programs and Director of the Innocence Project, is a Fellow of ALI.

“Our reformulations, principles and model codes continue to guide American lawyers, courts and legislatures, and this is in large part due to the continued dedication of our members,” said ALI President David F. Levi.

“As ALI nears its 100th anniversary, I am delighted to welcome this group of lawyers, judges and scholars and look forward to the insight their expertise will bring to our work, both now. and in our second century. “

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