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Law Professor Sherman Honored as Life Member of American Law Institute

May 06, 2013

Law Professor Edward Sherman Honored as Life Member of American Law Institute

Tulane Law professor and former Dean, Edward Sherman will be honored at the Annual Meeting of the American Law Institute on June 21.  He will be inducted as a Lifetime Member who has served in the organization for 25 years.

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law.  The members are elected based on their distinction as lawyers, judges, and law professors.  About fifty Louisiana lawyers, judges, and professors are members.

The Institute drafts, discusses, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures.  Over the twenty-five years since Professor Sherman was elected to the Institute, he has worked on projects involving complex multi-party suits, class actions, and international arbitration.

Professor Sherman, who is the W.R. Irby Chair and Moise F. Steeg, Jr. Professor of Law at Tulane, was Dean of the law school from 1996 to 2001.  He is a recognized expert in civil procedure, complex litigation, and mediation/arbitration.  He has written major casebooks used in law schools around the country and many books and articles. 

In 2004, Professor Sherman was awarded the American Bar Association’s prestigious McKay Award in 2004 for the law professor who had contributed most to the advancement of justice, scholarship and the legal profession.  He is well known for his law reform efforts.  He was a pioneer in the development of alternative dispute resolution, advocating less expensive and more flexible procedures like mediation and arbitration.     

Professor Sherman will be inducted with other new Lifetime members at a luncheon and ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. on May 21.


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