Dale Carpenter '92 Elected to American Law Institute

Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Admission to ALI’s elected membership is a significant professional honor that is limited to 3,000 judges, lawyers, and law teachers from across the world. New members are recommended by current members on the basis of high character, ability, and professional standing.

Carpenter teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law. He has served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary since 2004. As a student at the University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1992), Carpenter received the D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellence in legal scholarship and the John M. Olin Foundation Scholarship for Law & Economics.

ALI, founded in 1923, focuses on sustaining scholarly and scientific legal work, administering justice, and clarifying and simplifying the law to adapt to social needs and, thereby, the administration of justice. Individual members research and draft restatements of the law into clear language, work on ALI projects, speak on important issues, and contribute in many other ways.

In a news release announcing new members, ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo said, "The serious problems that our country now faces have made the work of law reform at the highest levels ever more important. I am confident that our newest group of members will bring added vigor to our activities and contribute significantly to our future law reform work."

New members will be introduced at a luncheon and reception at ALI's annual meeting on May 17 in Washington, D.C.