UVa. professors elected to the American Law Institute


Two professors from the University of Virginia Law School became members of the American Law Institute.

ALI announced on October 15 that Professors John Duffy and Ruth Mason have been elected members of the institute. Their election means 28 members of the UVa. law schools are now affiliated with ALI.

Duffy joined UVa. in 2011, where he is currently Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and Paul G. Mahoney Professor of Law. Duffy worked for United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and United States Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams before entering academia. He is currently legal counsel to the law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed and has co-authored a widely used case law on patent law, “Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials”.

Mason joined UVa. in 2013, where she was Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation and Class of 1941 Law Research Professor. She practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City prior to her academic career. Mason’s research on taxation has been widely recognized and has been cited by the United States Supreme Court. In addition to UVa., Mason has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School and at the University of Paris 1.

Founded in 1923, the ALI “produces academic work intended to update or improve the law,” according to an Oct. 15 press release from UVa. The institute includes judges, lawyers and law professors from around the world who are “selected on the basis of their professional achievements and a demonstrated interest in improving the law,” according to the website of the ALI.

Duffy and Mason are among 24 new members inducted nationally. New members are selected through confidential nominations submitted by current ALI members.


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