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Visiting Committee Chair Josiah M. Daniel, III is elected to membership in The American Law Institute

Founded in 1923, The American Law Institute (ALI) has established itself as an organization “dedicated to clarifying and improving the law,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo when she welcomed 44 new members.

Posted: February 10, 2011
Josiah M. Daniel, III

Josiah M. Daniel, III

The institute's website describes it as “the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.”

Daniel currently chairs the Department of History’s Visiting Committee, where he has played an integral role since the committee's inaugural year in 2008.

The 28-member committee consists of history and liberal arts alumni, donors, and community members who have a strong interest in history and recognize the importance of having the UT History Department ranked among the very best institutions of higher learning in the country.

As academic units wrestle with recent economic conditions and consequent constraints on the university's budget, Daniel has directed key fundraising initiatives and led successful efforts to raise the profile of the department.

As a member of the prestigious ALI, and as part of its mission of law reform, its members present papers at numerous conferences. In January 2011, Daniel presented a paper at the American Politics Group (APG) Annual Conference at the Rothermere American Institute and St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford.

The APG Annual Conference is one of the most important annual meetings on American politics for professional scholars in the United Kingdom. The conference website states that this year’s papers addressed “American political institutions including the Presidency, Congress, national parties and electoral politics, state and local politics, public policy, foreign policy, political and socio-political questions, political history, and American political development.”

Daniel’s paper covered the topic of “historical lawyering,” using the disputed ballot returns during the 1948 United States Senate primary run-off that pitted Lyndon B. Johnson against Coke Stevenson. After three weeks of litigation, LBJ’s lawyers achieved their client’s objective of keeping the winning votes in Johnson’s favor.

This famous 60-year-old case has resurfaced over the years, most notably during the Bush v. Gore disputed 2000 presidential election results in Florida. Daniel uses the 1948 case to define a “new viewpoint” on the intersection of politics and law when election results are disputed and the courts must decide.

Daniel is a partner in the international law firm Vinson & Elkins, LLP and is located in their Dallas, Texas office. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn. in 1973. He received his J.D. from The University of Texas (UT) School of Law in 1978 and his master’s degree in history from UT in 1986.

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