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Professors Gallanis and Gross Receive ALI Honors

OCTOBER 22, 2008—The prestigious American Law Institute (ALI) has announced the appointment of Thomas P. Gallanis as Associate Reporter for the Restatement (Third) of Trusts and the admission of Oren Gross to its elected membership. Both are professors at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Gallanis, Julius E. Davis Professor of Law, also serves on ALI’s consultative groups for the Restatement (Third) of Property: Wills and Other Donative Transfers and the Principles of the Law of Nonprofit Organizations. The Restatement (Third) of Trusts is a multivolume project to formulate, clarify, and modernize the entire U.S. law of trusts.

Gallanis is assistant executive director of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Trust and Estate Acts in the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; reporter for a proposed Uniform Real Property Transfer on Death Act; co-chair of the Uniform Laws Committee and associate articles editor of Probate & Property in the ABA’s Section on Real Property, Trust and Estate Law; and an Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

He is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cambridge University and practiced with the trusts and estates group at Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP) in Chicago.

Gross, Irving Younger Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for International Legal & Security Studies, has taught at Tel Aviv University Law School, Princeton University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, the Max Planck Institute for International Law and Comparative Public Law in Germany, the Transitional Justice Institute and Queen's University in Belfast; the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and Brandeis University. He has served as a senior legal advisory officer in the international law branch of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Judge Advocate General’s Corps and the Israeli delegation’s legal adviser in negotiations between Israel and Palestine.

Gross holds an LL.B. degree from Tel Aviv University and LL.M. and S.J.D. degrees from Harvard Law School. He is a member of both the New York and Israeli bars.

The ALI uses a highly selective process to choose members on the basis of their interest in improving the law and their significant professional achievements. Membership is limited to 3,000 high-achieving judges, practicing lawyers, and legal scholars. Founded in 1923, the Institute focuses on sustaining scholarly and scientific legal work, administering justice, and clarifying and simplifying the law to adapt to social needs

 
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