Margaret Chon elected to prestigious legal institute

February 02, 2016

Respected intellectual property scholar Professor Margaret Chon has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.

Margaret ChonChon, the Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice at Seattle University School of Law, is one of 61 new members the institute welcomed in January. They include prominent judges, lawyers, and law professors with a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise.

"Philadelphia, home of the ALI, is where I started my career as a lawyer," Professor Chon said. "It feels terrific to have come full circle with this unexpected honor."

The Institute writes, discusses, revises, and publishes various reports — Restatements of the Law, Model Codes, and Principles of Law — that are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.

In recent years, for example, the ALI took on the issue of capital punishment and eventually removed the death penalty from its Model Penal Code "in light of the current intractable institutional and structural obstacles to ensuring a minimally adequate system for administering capital punishment."

Since joining the Seattle University faculty in 1996, Professor Chon has been a dedicated scholar and teacher of intellectual property and critical theory. Her current scholarship explores the global governance dimensions of intellectual property, especially their distributional consequences.

Following graduation from University of Michigan Law School in 1986, Professor Chon worked for a year as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then clerked for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and practiced intellectual property law with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia.

Immediately prior to her first academic appointment, she served in an administrative clerkship with Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she assisted in the revision of the local Third Circuit rules. Throughout her professional career, she has been and continues to be active in various community and professional organizations.

ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo said, "It is an honor to welcome these accomplished individuals to our esteemed membership. As the ALI continues to make its mark in legal reform, I look forward to witnessing the great contributions our new members will bring to our projects."

Other Seattle University School of Law faculty who are members of ALI include Professors Steven Bender, Robert Chang, W.H. Knight, Charles O'Kelly, and Mark Reutlinger (Emeritus) as well as Dean Annette Clark.