Pham Elected to American Law Institute

October 22, 2019

Huyen PhamTexas A&M Law Professor Huyen Pham, newly elected member of the American Law Institute
Professor Huyen Pham is Texas A&M University School of Law's newest member of the American Law Institute (ALI). ALI is the "leading independent organization" in the U.S. producing scholarly work to improve the law. Pham is one of 59 members elected by her peers to ALI in 2019.

Celebrating 90 years of existence, ALI is made up of 3,000 judges, lawyers and law professors from the United States and abroad. ALI drafts, discusses, revises and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law that are influential in the courts and legislatures and in legal scholarship and education.

ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. 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.

​Pham joins 10 current Texas A&M Law faculty ALI members: 
  • Dean Robert Ahdieh
  • Irene Calboli
  • Susan Fortney
  • Paul George
  • Randy Gordon
  • Michael Z. Green
  • Bill Henning
  • Glynn Lunney
  • Andrew Morriss
  • Meg Penrose

  • According to ALI, the integrity of the people in the organization ensure quality. Careful analysis vs. personal preference is the common practice of members when discussing uncertainties.

    Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said at an ALI annual meeting in 2002, "This is the most prestigious legal group in the United States. The American Law Institute is the leading institution in forming written expression of legal principles that have evolved in many areas of the law."

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    Pham's scholarship focuses on immigration law and the changing enforcement roles for the federal government, local governments and private parties. Recently, Pham and her co-principal investigator, Professor Pham Hoang Van (an economist at Baylor University), received a $35,000 grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to fund their research project, “The Spillover Effects of 287(g) Agreements on State Trooper Policing.” In 2018, ​Pham was awarded the Eminent Scholar Award by Texas A&M University and the Women Former Students' Network.

    Learn more about Professor Huyen Pham.