Tonya Brito has been elected a member of the American Law Institute. ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.
Brito, the Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law at UW Law School, is a nationally known expert on family law and poverty law. Her recent work examines the impact of welfare law and policy on the development of family law; the experience of poor families in the child support system; and the image of motherhood in poverty discourse. She is currently on leave from the Law School, while she completes a one-year fellowship with the Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars program.
Founded in 1923, ALI includes among its members the nation’s most prominent judges, professors and lawyers. The group’s recommendations on a broad range of legal topics — from corporate and securities law to marriage law to criminal law and more — have been influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and teaching.
According to ALI President David Levi, “Our membership is made up of an engaged group of distinguished and thoughtful volunteers. I am very pleased that this group of new members will bring diverse experience and views to the Institute. The contributions of these highly accomplished academics, judges and legal professionals will add great value to our projects.”
Other UW Law professors and deans who are lifetime ALI members include Richard Bilder, Kenneth Davis, Anuj Desai, Walter Dickey, Marc Galanter, Linda Greene, Cecelia Klingele, Margaret Raymond, Gerald Thain and June Weisberger.
Submitted by Law School News on August 2, 2019
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