William & Mary Law School’s Nathan Oman Elected Member of American Law Institute

  • Nathan Oman
    Nathan Oman  is the Rollins Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Markets at William & Mary Law School. His areas of specialization include Contract Law, Economic Analysis of Law, Jurisprudence, Law and Religion, and Legal History.  Photo by Odd Moxie
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Professor Nathan Oman of William & Mary Law School has been elected a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). Oman joins 37 other new members who will bring their expertise and add their voices to the important and ongoing work of the Institute.  

“Congratulations to Professor Oman for his election to the American Law Institute,” said A. Benjamin Spencer, Dean of William & Mary Law School and Chancellor Professor. “This is a tremendous mark of the significant contributions that he has made and will continue to make in his field.”

The American Law Institute is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. The ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education. 

Oman is the Rollins Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Markets at William & Mary Law School. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Articles Committee of the Harvard Law Review and as an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He graduated from Brigham Young University, where he was a Benson Scholar, and, prior to law school, worked on the staff of Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Morris Shepard Arnold of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and worked as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley Austin, LLP. He joined the William & Mary law faculty in 2006.

According to an ALI press release, participation in the work of the ALI gives Oman and fellow new members 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.” 

“It is with great pride that I welcome this newest group of superbly qualified members who are sure to provide unique insight to our Restatement, Principles, and Model Code projects,” said ALI President David F. Levi.

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