Three UO Scholars Elected to American Law Institute

Carl Bjerre, Susan Gary, and Merle Weiner elected to prestigious law organization

Sep 14, 2017

Eugene, Ore. – Eight members of the University of Oregon’s School of Law now belong to the prestigious American Law Institute. The three most recently elected members are Carl Bjerre, in 2016, and Susan Gary and Merle Weiner, both in 2017.

“Being elected to ALI is a distinct professional honor. Having so many of Oregon Law’s faculty elected is a testament to the impact of this faculty’s scholarship,” said Marcilynn Burke, dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law. “We are grateful that these accomplished scholars are using their talents to help clarify, modernize, and indeed improve the law.”

The institute’s membership, consisting of distinguished judges, lawyers and law professors, is a distinct professional honor as the number that may be elected is limited to 3,000 (not including life, honorary, and ex-officio members).

ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Bjerre, the Kaapcke Professor of Business Law, specializes in commercial law and teaches courses ranging from first-year contracts through advanced commercial law. Bjerre is a member of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code which is composed of members from the Uniform Law Commission and ALI. He also serves as general editor of the Hawkland Uniform Commercial Code Series and is only the third editor in the work’s 35-year history. Bjerre is active in both national and international projects to modernize commercial law. He joined the UO faculty in 1996.

Gary, the Orlando J. and Marian H. Hollis Professor of Law, teaches trusts and estates, estate planning, and nonprofit organizations. Gary has long worked on law reform nationally and has served as Reporter for three drafting committees of the Uniform Law Commission. In Oregon she is a member of the Oregon Law Commission and through the Oregon State Bar is leading a review of Oregon's nonprofit corporation statutes. Gary has previously contributed to the ALI, having served as an official advisor to the Restatement of the Law, Charitable Nonprofit Organizations project. She joined the UO faculty in 1992.

Weiner, the Philip H. Knight Professor and Faculty Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic, has written extensively in the areas of family law, domestic abuse law, and international family law. She is considered an expert on the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and co-wrote the first U.S. casebook on international and comparative family law. More recently, she is focusing on Title IX issues and is active in professional organizations related to her field, including the International Society of Family Law and the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence. She joined the UO faculty in 1998.

This trio of scholars join Professor Leslie Harris, Professor Emeritus Maurice J. Holland, former dean and Professor Emeritus Rennard Strickland, Professor Emeritus Dominick Vetri, and Professor of Practice and Judge David Schuman as members of the institute. Professor Emeritus James O’Fallon, who passed away this summer, was also a member of ALI.

- by Jim Murez and Jeff Ehren