Ashley Deeks, '98, and Lee Otis, '83, Elected to the American Law Institute

Newly Elected Members

In December 2019, The American Law Institute announced the newly elected members listed below. ALI is pleased to welcome these exceptional individuals to the Institute.

Ashley Deeks, '98, is the E. James Kelly, Jr.–Class of 1965 Research Professor of Law at UVA School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of international law, national security, intelligence and the laws of war. She has written articles on the use of force, executive power, secret treaties, the intersection of national security and international law, and the laws of armed conflict. She is a member of the State Department's Advisory Committee on International Law and serves as a senior contributor to the Lawfare blog. Deeks also serves on the boards of editors of the American Journal of International Law and the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She is the supervising editor for AJIL Unbound, a senior fellow at the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare, and a faculty senior fellow at the Miller Center.

Lee Liberman Otis, '83, is the Senior Vice President and Faculty Division Director of the Federalist Society. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, a senior fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), and the co-chair of the National Constitution Center's Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. She previously was a special assistant and an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, General Counsel of the Department of Energy, an associate in the appellate section of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, an associate counsel to President George H.W. Bush, and a law clerk to Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. She also served as an assistant professor of law at George Mason, where she taught legislation, federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, civil procedure, appellate advocacy.  Ms. Otis was one of the original group of law students who started the Federalist Society. Together with David McIntosh, she led the effort to start what became the Chicago chapter of the Society.

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