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June 20, 2006

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications Coordinator, (512) 232-1408, .

Professor Patricia Hansen Elected to American Law Institute

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Professor Patricia Hansen
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AUSTIN, Texas — The American Law Institute (ALI) has elected Professor Patricia Isela Hansen to its membership. Hansen, an expert in international trade law, will work on the project "Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization."

Hansen has taught at The University of Texas School of Law since 1994. She holds the J. Waddy Bullion Professorship in Law and is director of the dual degree program in Law and Latin American Studies. A prominent scholar in the area of international economic law, she has published numerous articles on the interplay between international economic law and environmental and consumer protection and dispute settlement in regional trade agreements. She has also done significant work on projects aimed at strengthening the rule of law in Latin America, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the U.S.-Mexico Bar Association. She teaches courses on international trade; NAFTA; federal civil procedure; and accountability and rule of law in Latin America.

The Philadelphia-based ALI drafts and publishes restatements of the law, model codes, and other proposals for legal reform. Among the Institute's stated goals are "to promote the clarification and simplification of the law . . . and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific work."

The Institute works on a dozen projects at any given time. A reporter (usually a law professor) and an advisory committee develop a book-length project over several years, and each draft of every project must be separately approved by the Council and the membership. The Institute's restatements, model codes, and legal studies are used as references by the entire legal profession.

UT Law faculty members continue to serve in various leadership roles within ALI. UT Law’s Jane Stapleton sits on ALI's Council, the Institute's prestigious governing body. Recent ALI projects include UT President Bill Powers' work as co-reporter on the Restatement Third, Torts: Liability for Physical Harm, approved in spring 2005. Professor Mark Gergen is currently the reporter on the ALI's new project on torts that only cause economic loss. Professor Charles Silver is currently an associate reporter on the project on aggregate litigation. Professor Mark Ascher serves as an advisor to the ALI Restatement (Third) of Trusts.

Recently, Professors Susan Klein, Patrick Woolley, and Ernest Young were elected.

About the Institute:

The American Law Institute was founded in 1923. The Institute, through a careful and deliberative process, drafts and then publishes various restatements of the law, model codes, and other proposals for legal reform “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.” Its membership consists of judges, practicing lawyers, and legal scholars from all areas of the United States as well as some foreign countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in the improvement of the law. The Institute’s incorporators included Chief Justice and former President William Howard Taft, future Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, and former Secretary of State Elihu Root. Judges Benjamin N. Cardozo and Learned Hand were among its early leaders.

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Professor Ernest Young Elected to ALI:
Professor Susan Klein Elected to ALI:
Professor Patrick Woolley Elected to ALI:
Professor Jane Stapleton Elected to ALI Council:
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