Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), one of the nation's premier legal organizations.
ALI members are selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. She is of 26 new members elected to serve by the Council of the American Law Institute.
The newcomers raise the ALI's total active elected membership to 2,676. With another 1,390 members holding life, honorary and ex-officio status, the total ALI membership is now 4,066. The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, chief judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals and chief justices of the state Supreme Courts are ex-officio members, as are deans of law schools that are members of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Case Western Reserve University is a charter member of the AALS.
The ALI was founded in 1923 in response to a study showing that most lawyers and lay people at the time thought that laws were too uncertain and complex. The institute seeks to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice and to encourage and carry on scholarly legal work.
The institute also has undertaken several rounds of restatements of the law in areas such as contracts, torts and landlord/tenant law.
Snyder, who became president of Case Western Reserve in 2007, was an assistant professor in the Case Western Reserve School of Law from 1983 until 1986. In 1986, she was promoted to associate professor and taught at the university until 1988, when she joined the faculty at the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University.
Prior to joining Case Western Reserve, Snyder served as executive vice president and provost of the Ohio State University in an interim capacity from 2003-2004 and was permanently named provost in 2004.
A specialist in rules of evidence, Snyder received the Moritz College of Law Outstanding Professor Award in 1997. Along with Paul C. Giannelli, the Albert J. Weatherhead III and Richard W. Weatherhead Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve, Snyder is the co-author of Ohio Evidence and the Ohio Rules of Evidence Handbook.
She received the B.A. in sociology from Ohio State and the J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.