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Release: Jan. 30, 2002
American Law Institute elects law professors Boyd and Sale
of Iowa president emeritus and College of Law professor Willard "Sandy"
Boyd and law professor Hillary Sale have been elected to the American Law
Institute (ALI), a prestigious 3,800-member body that endeavors to clarify
and propose changes to areas of law that are in need of reform.
Boyd and Sale are the only Iowans among 54 newly selected members of the
bench and bar chosen by the ALI at its December 2001 meeting.
Membership into the national organization is granted by the governing council
based on achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law in ways
which surpass an individual's personal career interests, said Michael Greenwald,
editor, ALI Reporter. Institute members are expected to significantly contribute
to the organization either by consulting on Institute projects, speaking at
ALI-American Bar Association programs, as authors of ALI-ABA publications
or in a number of other areas that advance the Institute.
"Election into ALI membership confirms the national importance of the
excellent scholarly work produced by Sandy and Hillary.
"Their recent election brings to 15 the number of Iowa law faculty
who are now members of ALI," noted College of Law Dean N. William Hines.
Boyd is director of the law school-affiliated Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center.
His tenure at Iowa began in 1954, first as a law faculty member and later
as UI president from 1969 to 1981 when he left to direct the Chicago Field
Museum. He returned to the law school in 1996 and co-teaches, among his four
courses, a seminar on the legal and management aspects of nonprofit organizations.
Sale joined the law faculty in 1997 and teaches contracts, corporation,
and securities law. She was recently elected chair of the American Association
of Law Schools Section on Securities Regulation. She concentrates her research
on securities law and empirical studies of securities-related issues.
Over the course of ALI's 78-year history, it has helped formulate the Model
Code of Evidence, the Model Penal Code, and a proposed Federal Securities
Code. ALI ex officio members include the chief justice and associate justices
of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief judge or justice of a state's highest
court, law school deans, and presidents of the ABA. Some of its publications
have had greater impact on law reform than some judicial decisions, according
to the organization's web site.