David Marcus is elected to the American Law Institute

July 21, 2023
UCLA Law Professor David Marcus

UCLA School of Law professor David Marcus has been elected to the membership of the American Law Institute, among the most prestigious positions for legal academics and professionals.

The ALI, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is the “leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.” Its wide array of projects and publications include restatements of the law and other heavily researched compendia “that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.”

As part of his ALI service, Marcus will be an associate reporter on the Principles of the Law, High-Volume Civil Adjudication, a project that “will address a serious challenge facing state courts: the adjudication of high-volume, high-stakes, low-dollar-value civil claims” in areas including “debt collection, evictions, home foreclosure, and child support.”

Marcus, who joined UCLA Law in 2018, is an authority in civil procedure, administrative law, federal courts, complex litigation and legal history. He is the co-author, with Thomas Mauet, of the casebook Pretrial (10th edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2019), and his work has appeared or will appear in the Stanford Law Review, the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, the Texas Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Georgetown Law Journal, among other publications.

He is also an award-winning teacher, having earned Professor of the Year honors four times when he was a professor of law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

Marcus recently concluded a two-year term as UCLA Law’s vice dean for curricular and academic affairs.

He is the 14th ALI member currently serving on the UCLA Law faculty.

Marcus received his B.A. from Harvard University and studied at the University of Cambridge before earning his J.D. from Yale Law School. He clerked for Judge Allyne R. Ross of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Judge William Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He represented plaintiffs in class actions at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein.

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