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Prof. Cary Coglianese elected to ALI

November 21, 2019

Penn Law professor and regulatory law expert Cary Coglianese has been elected to the American Law Institute.

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Edward B. Shils Professor of Law Cary Coglianese has been named one of the 50 lawyers, judges, and law professors recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI).

Coglianese is also Professor of Political Science in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences and founder and director of Penn Program on Regulation. He serves as the faculty advisor to the Program’s widely read daily publication, The Regulatory Review. Previously, he served as Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn Law.

With approximately 3,000 lawyers, judges, and law professors as members, the ALI is an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. The ALI publishes model and uniform codes, principles of law, and Restatements of Law that are used extensively by courts, legislatures, and legal educators.

“This is a distinctive honor for Professor Coglianese, a leading scholar of administrative law and regulatory affairs,” said Ted Ruger, Dean of the Law School and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “His academic work, from his prolific and incisive scholarly writing to the range of research programs he leads as part of the Penn Program on Regulation, is a reflection of ALI’s mission to modernize, clarify, and improve the law.”

Coglianese specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, technology, and business-government relations in policymaking.

The author of more than 150 articles, book chapters, and essays on administrative law, environmental law, and regulatory policy, his research ranges broadly and includes doctrinal analysis of issues in administrative law, empirical studies of the regulatory process, and research on regulatory management and leadership. 

Coglianese’s most recent books include Achieving Regulatory Excellence; Does Regulation Kill Jobs?; Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation; Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy; and Regulation and Regulatory Processes. His recent articles have addressed issues as varied as the use of artificial intelligence by government agencies, the Supreme Court’s application of the Chevron doctrine, the impact of environmental regulation on the coal industry, experimental evidence of public attitudes about judicial legitimacy, and the challenges besetting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Highly sought after to lecture on regulatory law and policy issues to government officials around the world, Coglianese teaches courses at Penn Law in administrative law, environmental law, regulatory law and policy, and policy analysis. He also created, leads, and teaches in a four-day executive education program offered at Penn Law on Regulatory Analysis and Decision-Making.

Coglianese has played a key leadership role in various institutional innovations at the law school, such as in the establishment of the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and the Leo Model Foundation Government Service and Public Affairs Initiative. In addition to regularly advising students on externships and independent research, he has provided vision and ongoing support for numerous innovative programs for Penn Law students, including the establishment of The Regulatory Review, the founding of the Journal of Law and Public Affairs, and the annual “notice and comment” pro bono project undertaken by students involved in the Environmental Law Project.

Currently, Coglianese serves as the Chair of the Regulatory Policy Committee of the American Bar Association’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section and as the Chair of the Rulemaking Committee for the Administrative Conference of the United States. He also serves at present on a National Academy of Sciences committee charged with reviewing and making recommendations for improving safety and environmental inspections of offshore oil and gas operations in the United States.

Along with Coglianese, Penn Law Adjunct Professor of Law Sarah Hammer L’11 was also elected to the ALI, along with Law School alumna Meredith C. Slawe L’05.

Hammer is the Managing Director of the Stevens Center for Innovation in Finance and Senior Director of the Harris Alternative Investments Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Slawe is a litigation partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

Several Law School faculty members are active participants in the ALI’s projects: Tom Baker served as Reporter for the recently published Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. Anita L. Allen and Christopher Yoo just completed their roles as Advisers on the recently approved Principles of the Law, Data Privacy. Allen is now serving as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Defamation and Privacy, and Yoo is an Adviser on Principles for Data Economy, a joint project with the European Law Institute. Curtis Reitz served as an Adviser on the recently completed Model Penal Code: Sentencing Project.

Jill Fisch is an Associate Reporter on Restatement of the Law, Corporate Governance; Kermit Roosevelt serves as Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws; Steve Burbank is an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws; Catherine Struve serves on the Council of the ALI, its governing board of directors, and also serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians; Shyamkrishna Balganesh serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, Copyright; and Dorothy E. Roberts serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law.