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Garrett elected to American Law Institute’s council

The legal scholar’s experience as an academic leader and policymaker will bolster the influential organization

by Gilien Silsby

USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett has been elected to the governing body of the American Law Institute (ALI), a prominent legal organization that promotes legal reform, produces scholarly analysis and advocates for improvements in the law.

Garrett, who was voted in at the institute’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on May 19, is the only university provost to currently sit on the council.

Elizabeth will be a superb addition to our council and the life of the American Law Institute.

Roberta Cooper Ramo

“I am honored to serve on this distinguished council,” said Garrett, Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, Political Science, Finance and Business Economics at the USC Gould School of Law and senior vice president for academic affairs. “ALI produces legal analysis with consequence and promotes principles of law that are influential both in legislatures and in the courts.”

Provost Garrett

Provost Elizabeth Garrett (Photo/USC News)

An elected member of the ALI since 2008, Garrett will serve on the council for a five-year term.

The ALI, a Philadelphia-based independent organization, prides itself on bringing together professionals from across legal realms — from lawyers and judges to legal scholars. Membership, which is by invitation, is limited to 3,000. About 60 scholars, judges and lawyers sit on the council, the institute’s governing body.

Roberta Cooper Ramo, president of ALI, said Garrett brings unique skills and scholarship to the council.

“Elizabeth will be a superb addition to our council and the life of the American Law Institute,” she said. “She is a respected legal scholar, and her experience in setting public policy and working with the president at the helm of a major academic institution will be of great value to us in many ways.”

Garrett specializes in the legislative process, direct democracy, the federal budget and tax process, the study of democratic institutions, and statutory interpretation.

Before joining USC Gould in 2003, she was a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, where she also served as deputy dean for academic affairs. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, Central European University in Budapest and the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Israel.

Garrett clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court after clerking for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served as legal counsel and legislative assistant for tax, budget and welfare reform issues for then-Sen. David Boren.

Several USC professors and deans are members of ALI, including Scott Bice, Rebecca Brown, Alexander Capron, Gillian Hadfield, Gregory Keating, Daniel Klerman, Edward McCaffery, Dean Robert K. Rasmussen, Elyn Saks and Christopher Stone.

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