California Western deans elected to American Law Institute

Associate Deans William Aceves and Laura Padilla were elected to the nation’s leading independent organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

Of the 64 members elected to the American Law Institute this year, Aceves and Padilla were the only legal professionals from San Diego named to the prestigious group. They joined colleagues from George Washington University of Law, Stanford Law School and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, as well as other academic, legal and judicial professionals from the U.S., Germany and England.

“California Western is proud of the accomplishments of Deans Aceves and Padilla,” said Dean Steven R. Smith. “Their election the American Law Institute reflects their contributions to legal scholarship and commitment to the practical application of their work for the betterment of society.”

Aceves joined the faculty of California Western in 1998, his scholarship focusing on international law, human rights and civil liberties.

He served on the National Boards of Amnesty International USA and the American Civil Liberties Union and currently serves on the Boards of the Center for Justice & Accountability and the International Law Students Association. He is an Affiliated Scholar with the Center for American Progress and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association.

Padilla joined the California Western faculty in 1992 with a scholarly program focused on property rights, race, gender and spirituality.

She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers, the Stanford Associates Board of Governors, and received a Kellogg Fellowship Award.