Rosenbury Elected to American Law Institute

Professor Laura Rosenbury has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), a national independent organization that focuses on producing scholarly work to clarify and modernize the law. Membership in the ALI is based on professional achievement and a demonstrated interest in improving the law. 

Rosenbury, who serves as the law school’s associate dean for research and faculty development as well as a professor of law, is an expert on the law’s role in constructing gender and personal relationships. Among other topics, she examines family property distribution and the ways that default rules concerning such distribution shape general understandings of the meaning of family and of the obligations of individual family members to one another and to the state. She regularly presents her scholarship throughout the United States and is the co-author of Feminist Jurisprudence: Cases and Materials, as well as the author or co-author of numerous law review articles. She is a board member of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Trusts and Estates and of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.).

Rosenbury joins a number of other Washington University law professors who are members of the American Law Institute including: Professors Susan Frelich Appleton (who also holds the office of secretary and serves on the ALI Council), Kathleen Brickey, Kathleen Clark, Michael Greenfield, Daniel Keating, Pauline Kim, Stephen Legomsky, Charles McManis, Kimberly Norwood, Leila Nadya Sadat, Hillary Sale, Dean Kent Syverud, and Dean Emeritus Dorsey D. Ellis, Jr.

Founded in 1923, ALI produces influential Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and Principles of Law. Its publications are distributed widely and are often cited in court opinions. The organization defines its mission as “promoting the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs; securing the better administration of justice; and encouraging and carrying on scholarly and scientific legal work.”

The ALI’s Restatements of the Law—publications which serve to clarify what the law says on a basic legal subject—cover such topics as: Agency, Conflict of Laws, Contracts, Judgments, Property, Restitution, Security, Torts, Trusts, Foreign Relations Law of the United States, The Law Governing Lawyers, Suretyship and Guaranty, and Unfair Competition. Its Principles of the Law—examinations and analyses of legal areas the ALI believes are in need of reform—include publications on: Aggregate Litigation, Corporate Governance, Family Dissolution, Software Contracts, Transnational Civil Procedure, Transnational Insolvency, and Transnational Intellectual Property, as well as a proposed revision of selected portions of the Federal Judicial Code. In addition, the ALI participates in the development of the Uniform Commercial Code and collaborates with the ABA to form the ALI-ABA Continuing Professional Education program.

As a member of the ALI, Rosenbury will join other members who participate in the ALI’s work by attending annual meetings, commenting on drafts, taking part in individual ALI projects, serving as ALI-ABA speakers, and/or authoring ALI-ABA publications. Given her research interests, she particularly looks forward to future projects concerning family law topics, trusts and estates, and property more generally.