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UVa. professors elected to American Law Institute

A pair of professors from the University of Virginia School of Law have become members of the American Law Institute.

The ALI announced on Oct. 15 that professors John Duffy and Ruth Mason have been elected members of the institute. Their election means 28 members of the UVa. law school faculty are now affiliated with the ALI.

Duffy joined UVa. in 2011, where he currently serves as the Samuel H. McCoy II Professor of Law and the Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law. Duffy clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Williams prior to entering academia. He is currently of counsel at the law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed and has co-written a widely used patent law casebook, “Patent Law and Policy: Cases and Materials”.

Mason joined UVa. in 2013, where she is the Edwin S. Cohen Distinguished Professor of Law and Taxation and Class of 1941 Research Professor of Law. She practiced at Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City before her academic career. Mason’s research on taxation has received widespread recognition and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition to UVa., Mason has been a visiting professor at Yale Law School and Université Paris 1.

Founded in 1923, the ALI “produces scholarly work meant to update or otherwise improve the law,” according to an Oct. 15 press release from UVa. The institute includes judges, lawyers and law professors from around the world who are “selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law,” according to the ALI website.

Duffy and Mason are among 24 new members inducted nationwide. New members are selected via confidential nominations submitted by current ALI members.