The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law has given final approval to the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, with UW Law Professor Thomas Mitchell serving as Reporter.
Over the past 118 years, the NCCUSL has completed more than 250 uniform acts, including the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, and the Uniform Partnership Act. The Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act is designed to alleviate serious problems created by the default rules governing partition of tenancy-in-common property.
Professor Mitchell earned his LL.M. from the UW Law School as a William H. Hastie Fellow in 1999, and joined the faculty in 2000. As an NCCUSL Reporter, Mitchell had primary responsibility for drafting the Act. It is believed that Mitchell is only the second African-American to serve as an NCCUSL Reporter.
To learn more about Mitchell's involvement and the problems the Uniform Partition of Heirs
Property Act is seeking to remedy, read In The Cross-Heirs.
Submitted by UW Law School News on July 30, 2010