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Krauss Becomes Most Recent Faculty Member Elected to ALI

Professor Michael Krauss was elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI) on October 17, 2008, becoming the fourth Mason Law faculty member to be distinguished by that honor. Krauss joins Professors Steven Eagle and Ross Davies in membership, while Dean Daniel Polsby, as law school dean, is an ex-officio member of ALI.

The ALI was founded in 1923 following a study by a group of prominent American judges, lawyers, and teachers who sought to address what they perceived as a lack of agreement on fundamental principles of the nation's common-law system and concern for the complex nature of early 20th-century law. The group's recommendation was to form a permanent organization whose purpose was to improve the law and the administration of justice in a scholarly and scientific manner.

Today membership in ALI is a professional honor with limited admission of no more than 3000 judges, lawyers, and law teachers from across the United States and from foreign nations selected for their personal achievement and interest in the improvement of the law. Those who are elected to membership are nominated by current members and are expected to take an active part in ALI activities by participation through attendance at Annual Meetings, submission of comments on drafts, and joining Members Consultative Groups for Institute projects.