The American Law Institute (ALI) announced recently that Brooklyn Law School professors Claire R. Kelly and Jason Mazzone have been elected as members.
The ALI is a leading independent organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.
Kelly focuses her scholarship primarily on public and private international law. Her numerous articles have appeared in leading law reviews and she has presented her work at such prominent organizations as the American Society of International Law. At Brooklyn Law School, she serves as Associate Director for The Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law and as the faculty advisor for the Brooklyn Journal of International Law. She served until recently on the board of directors of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and co-authored its Primer on Litigating Trade Adjustment Assistance Cases.
Mazzone specializes in constitutional law and history, and in intellectual property law. His scholarship in constitutional law involves a close look at how constitutional provisions have operated in particular historical circumstances in order to generate lessons about constitutional interpretation and institutional design. In intellectual property law, his interest is in the problem of overreaching: uses of IP law to assert rights beyond those the law actually confers. Mazzone’s recent book, Copyfraud and Other Abuses of Intellectual Property, has quickly become a highly influential work (Stanford University Press).
The elected membership of ALI consists of judges, lawyers, and law teachers from all areas of the United States and from many other countries, selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. By participating in the Institute’s work, ALI’s members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.