Jan. 22, 2016 – UHLC professor Barbara J. Evans was elected today to the prestigious American Law Institute, joining 16 Law Center colleagues and several other adjunct and emeritus faculty.
“It’s an honor to join the American Law Institute and I look forward to contributing to its work in the years to come,” Evans said.
Fifty new members were elected to the Institute which comprises exceptional judges, lawyers, and legal academics from all states and the District of Columbia, along with international members. ALI’s total membership is 4,606, including 2,789 who were nominated and elected by members.
UHLC Professor Michael A. Olivas, who served on the ALI membership committee for nearly a dozen years, said that only "triple threats" -- persons who had excellent academic achievement, prominence as lawyers, and excellent service to the community and bar -- are named to membership of the ALI.
Evans is Professor of Law, George Butler Research Professor, and director of the Center for Biotechnology & Law at the University of Houston Law Center. She is also an affiliated member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to becoming a professor in 2007, she worked as an engineer in the energy industry and later as a partner in the international regulatory practice of a large New York-based law firm. Her research explores legal and ethical issues surrounding the regulation of genomic medical products and services, health data privacy, and governance of large-scale health information infrastructures. Her research receives support from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. National Institutes of Health/National Human Genome Research Institute, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Evans holds an electrical engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin; M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University; a J.D. from Yale Law School; and an LL.M. in Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center. She also completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Ethics at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
The mission of the American Law Institute, based in Philadelphia, is to produce scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.