Hollander-Blumoff Elected to American Law Institute

Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, associate professor of law, 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.

In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, Professor Hollander-Blumoff holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from New York University. This unique background provides an interdisciplinary perspective to her research on law and psychology in the context of dispute resolution. Using psychological research and insights to better understand the role of legal actors, systems, and norms, she explores the relationship between human behavior and dispute resolution systems, particularly in the context of legal negotiation and civil procedure.

Her work has been selected for presentation at the Stanford–Yale Junior Faculty Forum, the Conference on Empirical Legal Studies, the American Psychology–Law Society Annual Meeting, the Junior Faculty Federal Courts Workshop, and the Junior Faculty Criminal Law Workshop. Hollander-Blumoff is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Civil Procedure.

Her most recent article, “Crime, Punishment, and the Psychology of Self-Control,” is forthcoming in the Emory Law Journal. Her scholarship also has recently been published in the Hastings Law Journal, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Washington University Journal of Law & Policy, Washington University Law Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Saint Louis University Law Journal.

Hollander-Blumoff joins a number of other Washington University law professors who are members of the ALI, 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, Laura Rosenbury, 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.