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Professor Omari Simmons elected to American Law Institute

Wake Forest School of Law Associate Professor Omari Simmons is among the 47 newly elected members of The American Law Institute.

“It is a great pleasure to welcome these distinguished and accomplished individuals to the American Law Institute,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. “Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Institute and its membership have been dedicated to clarifying and improving the law. The serious problems that our country now faces have made the work of law reform at the highest levels ever more important. I am confident that our newest group of members will bring added vigor to our activities and contribute significantly to our future law reform work.”

Election is considered one of the highest honors in the legal profession, according to Ramo, and its members are elected through a highly selective process.

“We choose individuals who have made significant professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and promise, and who are interested in carrying out our purposes ‘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 and scientific legal work,’” Ramo said.

Simmons’ research interests include corporate governance and politics. Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, he worked as corporate counsel for two multinational corporations and as an associate at the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering in Washington, D.C.

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute (made up of 4,242 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications) drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. ALI has long been influential internationally and, in recent years, more of its work has become international in scope.

By participating in the Institute’s work, its distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to a profession to which they are deeply dedicated, and to contribute to the public good.