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Release: Jan. 30, 2002

American Law Institute elects law professors Boyd and Sale

University of Iowa president emeritus and College of Law professor Willard "Sandy" Boyd and law professor Hillary Sale have been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), a prestigious 3,800-member body that endeavors to clarify and propose changes to areas of law that are in need of reform.

Boyd and Sale are the only Iowans among 54 newly selected members of the bench and bar chosen by the ALI at its December 2001 meeting.

Membership into the national organization is granted by the governing council based on achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law in ways which surpass an individual's personal career interests, said Michael Greenwald, editor, ALI Reporter. Institute members are expected to significantly contribute to the organization either by consulting on Institute projects, speaking at ALI-American Bar Association programs, as authors of ALI-ABA publications or in a number of other areas that advance the Institute.

"Election into ALI membership confirms the national importance of the excellent scholarly work produced by Sandy and Hillary.

"Their recent election brings to 15 the number of Iowa law faculty who are now members of ALI," noted College of Law Dean N. William Hines.

Boyd is director of the law school-affiliated Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center. His tenure at Iowa began in 1954, first as a law faculty member and later as UI president from 1969 to 1981 when he left to direct the Chicago Field Museum. He returned to the law school in 1996 and co-teaches, among his four courses, a seminar on the legal and management aspects of nonprofit organizations.

Sale joined the law faculty in 1997 and teaches contracts, corporation, and securities law. She was recently elected chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Securities Regulation. She concentrates her research on securities law and empirical studies of securities-related issues.

Over the course of ALI's 78-year history, it has helped formulate the Model Code of Evidence, the Model Penal Code, and a proposed Federal Securities Code. ALI ex officio members include the chief justice and associate justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, the chief judge or justice of a state's highest court, law school deans, and presidents of the ABA. Some of its publications have had greater impact on law reform than some judicial decisions, according to the organization's web site.