October 21, 2008
Professor Steven Bender Elected to The American Law Institute
Steven Bender, Hershner Professor of Law and director of Portland Programs, recently was elected to the prestigious American Law Institute (“ALI”) — an association of law professionals who not only study the law, but also take on the task of drafting and publishing various restatements of the law and proposals for legal reform. Membership in ALI is based on an individual’s professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Because membership is considered a “distinct professional honor,” the institute limits the number of admitted individuals to 3000.
Professor Bender’s membership includes him in a select group of thirty-five Oregonians, including Oregon Law’s Professors Leslie Harris and James O’Fallon; Professors Emeritus Maurice Holland and Dominick Vetri, Distinguished Professors Emeritus Eugene Scoles and Rennard Strickland; and Oregon Law Dean Margie Paris, an ex-officio member. Professors Holland and Scoles were elected as life members after serving the institute for twenty-five years. ALI also includes a number of Oregon Law faculty alumni, including Professor Richard W. Painter, Oregon Court of Appeals Justice David Schuman, former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Hans Linde, and former Oregon Law Dean Laird Kirkpatrick.
A committee of prominent American judges, lawyers, and teachers that sought to address the complexities of the law during the early 20th century founded ALI in 1923. Based on their studies, the group recommended a “perpetual society be formed to improve the law and the administration of justice in a scholarly and scientific manner.”