Fordham Law


Professor Tanya Hernandez Elected to Prestigious Legal Organization

October 27, 2009

Fordham Law Professor Tanya Hernandez was recently elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent U.S. organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Hernandez is one of 68 newly elected members.

“Professor Hernandez is a scholar of extraordinary distinction,” said Dean William Michael Treanor. “Election to the ALI is an important honor, and Professor Hernandez's selection reflects the great influence of her scholarship.”

Members to ALI are elected through a highly selective process. Individuals are chosen based on significant professional achievements, demonstrated leadership and promise, and commitment to ALI’s mission “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law and its better adaptation to social needs, to secure the better administration of justice, and to encourage and carry on scholarly and scientific legal work.” Election is considered to be one of the highest honors in the legal profession.

Professor Hernandez’s scholarship focuses on comparative race relations; additionally, she has 13 years of experience teaching trusts and estates. In 2007, Hispanic Business magazine named her one of the 100 most influential Hispanics. She received her A.B. from Brown and her J.D. from Yale.

“The distinguished and forward-thinking founders of the American Law Institute knew well that law reform required the best of the bar, the bench, and the legal academy. We are very proud to welcome this distinguished group into membership in the institute,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo. “The process of being selected into the ALI is rigorous. Membership is a significant honor, as well as a promise to contribute to the health of the legal system in the U.S. and, increasingly, that of legal systems around the world. With the formidable challenges facing our world, these additions to our ranks will enhance our ability to take on the major legal problems of the times and develop solutions.”

Professor Hernandez joins the following ten Fordham Law professors as members of ALI: Daniel J. Capra, George W. Conk, Deborah W. Denno, Howard M. Erichson, Carl Felsenfeld, Roger J. Goebel, Michael M. Martin, Joseph M. Perillo, William Michael Treanor, and Benjamin C. Zipursky.


Contact: Stephen Eichinger
Email: eichinger@law.fordham.edu