WFU law professor elected to American Law Institute

Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Margaret H. Taylor has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI).

Taylor is among 79 newly elected members of ALI, which now has a membership of 4,152.

“The distinguished and forward-thinking founders of The American Law Institute knew well that law reform required the best of the Bar, the Bench and the legal Academy. We are very proud to welcome this distinguished group into membership in the Institute,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. “The process of being selected into the ALI is rigorous. Membership is a significant honor, as well as a promise to contribute to the health of the legal system in the U.S. and, increasingly, that of legal systems around the world. With the formidable challenges facing our world, these additions to our ranks will enhance our ability to take on the major legal problems of the times and develop solutions.”

Taylor is well known for her teaching and research on immigration detention policy and the deportation of criminal offenders. She is a recipient of the school’s Joseph Branch Excellence in Teaching Award and of the Elmer Fried Excellence in Teaching Award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has testified on immigration detention before Congress and the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. She served as chair of the AALS section on Immigration Law, was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration, and served on the Advisory Board of the Appearance Assistance Program of the Vera Institute of Justice.

Taylor is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, symposium and other presentations. Before teaching, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and practiced law in Austin, Texas.