Prof. Levin Elected to American Law Institute

Ronald Levin, the William R. Orthwein Distinguished 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.

Levin specializes in administrative law and related public law issues. He has testified before Congress on regulatory reform issues and published numerous articles and book chapters on administrative law topics, including judicial review, rulemaking, legislative reform of the regulatory process, the law of lobbying, and legislative ethics. His co-authored books include a casebook, State and Federal Administrative Law, now in its third edition, and a student text, Administrative Law and Process in a Nutshell, now in ts fifth edition.

Levin has been active in the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice for more than three decades and served as its chair in 2000–01. In 2011, the Section recognized Levin for his commitment to its work with the Chair’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. He also served as the ABA’s advisor to the drafting committee to revise the Model State Administrative Procedure Act.  In addition, he is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and currently chairs its Judicial Review Committee.

Levin 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, Rebecca Hollander-Blumoff, 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.”