Professor William Araiza was recently elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (ALI), an independent U.S. organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. He joins several other BLS faculty members who have earned this distinct professional honor, bestowed upon an elite group of lawyers, judges, and law professors worldwide.
“I am honored to be part of this organization,” said Professor Araiza. “The ALI plays a major role in shaping American law. Election to the ALI allows members to use their knowledge and experience to further the public’s interest in a fairer, more effective system of laws. I’m particularly grateful to current BLS faculty who are members of the ALI, including Dean Allard and Professors Aaron Twerski and Neil Cohen, for their advice and support during the selection process.”
Candidates are selected based on their character, professional achievement, and demonstrated commitment to improving the law, among other strict criteria. Once elected, they are expected to take an active part in the Institute’s activities, which are highly regarded in the legal profession. Professor Araiza is among 48 new members hailing from 15 states and the District of Columbia, as well as China, Italy, and the Republic of Palau.
“The great impact of the work of the ALI has always depended upon having members — judges, lawyers in practice, and scholars — whose abilities are at the very top of the spectrum,” ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo said in a statement. “These 45 new members enable us to continue to serve our American democracy in the way our Founders hoped.”
Professor Araiza’s teaching and scholarly interests focus on administrative and constitutional law. He has published extensively in these areas, having written several widely used casebooks. In addition, his most recent articles have appeared or will appear in top journals, including the NYU Law Review, Constitutional Commentary, U.C. Davis Law Review, and Boston University Law Review.
He has also served on the LexisNexis Law School Publishing Advisory Board and is the outgoing chair of the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools; holds several leadership positions in the Southeastern Association of Law Schools; and is affiliated with the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. He is actively involved with students, participating on panels and discussion groups about constitutional law and current events.
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