American Law Institute elects Cedric Merlin Powell for membership

American Law Institute elects Cedric Merlin Powell for membership

The American Law Institute has elected Wyatt Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law Cedric Merlin Powell among its new members who will bring their expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles and Model Codes.

Powell is one of two law professors from Kentucky elected to the prestigious 54-member body. Membership is for life.

The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States working to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. ALI Restatements, Principles and Model Codes are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures and in legal scholarship and education.

“For the past 100 years, the American Law Institute has aspired to strengthen and improve the legal system,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “Our greatest asset has always been our extraordinary members’ dedication of time, intellect and energy to our projects. As we close out our 100th Anniversary year and enter the Institute’s second century in 2024, I look forward to seeing the ways in which this class will continue our tradition of excellence in promoting and protecting the rule of law.”

“Cedric Merlin Powell is nationally recognized for his expertise and scholarship in post-racial constitutionalism and federalism, racial justice and civil rights. His learned input will be an enormous benefit to the ALI’s review of the law in these areas,” said Melanie B. Jacobs, dean of Brandeis School of Law. “Brandeis School of Law congratulates Professor Powell on this significant achievement.”