|Elizabeth Pendo, J.D.|
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of law Elizabeth Pendo, J.D., was named a new member of the American Law Institute (ALI). The Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. Pendo is one of 43 new members, joining more than 4,300 lawyers, judges and law professors.
"I am thrilled to welcome these highly regarded and accomplished new members to The American Law Institute," said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. "The Institute has been dedicated to clarifying and improving the law for nearly 90 years. Our mission of law reform remains extremely important in light of the challenges facing our country. I am sure our newest members will find their involvement in our work to be both professionally and personally rewarding, and I look forward to the new enthusiasm and perspectives they will bring to our activities."
Pendo joins SLU Law faculty member Miriam Cherry; professor emeritus Don King (who was elected to lifetime membership); and soon-to-be full-time faculty member Judge Michael Wolff as members of ALI on the SLU faculty.
"Becoming a part of such an esteemed group is a tremendous personal and professional honor," said Pendo. "I look forward to collaborating with and learning from the other members and sharing my insights and experiences with my colleagues and students."
According to ALI, characteristics of selected members must include high character and ability, high professional standing, and a serious interest in the work of the Institute combined with participation in ALI activities.
New members are elected three times per year by the Council or Executive Committee based on recommendations by the Membership Committee. The Committee is composed of five to seven members of the Council. To be considered by the Membership Committee, candidates must be nominated by an ALI member and seconded by two other members.
"This is a great recognition of Elizabeth's work in the areas of health and employment law and a shared joy for the School of Law," said Interim Dean Sandra Johnson.
Pendo joined the SLU Law faculty in 2008 after a year-long visit. She is a member of the Center for Health Law Studies and the William C. Wefel Center for Employment Law. Pendo teaches and writes in the areas of disability discrimination, health law and bioethics, employment discrimination law and civil procedure. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of issues of disability, gender and race in health insurance, health care and employment. To read her full bio, click here.
About The American Law Institute
The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute (made up of over 4,300 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope. By participating in the Institute's work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good. For more information about The American Law Institute go to www.ali.org.
About Saint Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law was founded in 1843 and is the oldest law school west of the Mississippi River. The strength of the faculty, breadth of course offerings and extensive clinical and professional skills experience provide students with a well-rounded legal education. The School of Law's rich history consists of strong connections to the community and a long tradition of public service. SLU LAW's location in the heart of the City of St. Louis, offers students unparalleled access to leading law firms, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations - and a unique opportunity to see the law in action. For more information, visit http://law.slu.edu/.