The American Law Institute (ALI) announced on October 24 that Stanford Law School Professor Robert L. Rabin has been elected as a new member of the institute. He is one of 45 newly elected members who hail from 21 states and the District of Columbia.
ALI members are highly regarded judges, lawyers and law professors who are confidentially nominated by their peers, vetted by ALI’s Membership Committee and elected by the ALI Council. Election of these new members raises ALI’s total number of elected members to 2,843.
Rabin is the A. Calder Mackay Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. An expert on torts and legislative compensation schemes, Professor Rabin is highly regarded for his extensive knowledge of the history and institutional dynamics of accident law. He is a prolific author on issues relating to the functions of the tort system and alternative regulatory schemes and is the co-editor of a classic casebook on tort law.
Professor Rabin has served as an Adviser on the Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Liability for Physical and Emotional Harm, and Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Products Liability. He was also the program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program on Tobacco Policy Research and Evaluation, as well as a co-Reporter for the Project on Compensation and Liability for Product and Process Injuries, and Reporter for the American Bar Association Action Commission to Improve the Tort Liability System.
Professor Rabin received the William Prosser Award for Scholarship, Teaching and Service from the Association of American Law Schools Torts and Compensation Section (2008), and the Robert B. McKay Award from the American Bar Association for Contributions to Torts and Insurance Fields (1997). He has been a member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 1970.