Incoming Dean Gillian Lester, Professor Anthea Roberts Elected to American Law Institute

New York, October 23, 2014—Incoming dean of Columbia Law School Gillian Lester and Professor Anthea Roberts were recently elected to the American Law Institute.

Lester, an expert in employment law and policy whose work has explored topics including distributive justice and the welfare state, will begin her tenure as the 15th dean of Columbia Law School on Jan. 1. She previously served as acting dean of UC Berkeley Law. Lester is the author of numerous books and articles—including one of the leading casebooks on employment law, Employment Law Cases and Materials—and has served as an adviser to the American Law Institute Restatement of Employment Law.
Roberts, whose expertise lies in public international law, investment treaty law and arbitration, and comparative international law, holds a joint appointment as anassociate professor at the London School of Economics. She has received many honors for her work, including the Francis Deak Prize from the American Society of International Law for the best contribution to the American Journal of International Law by a scholar under 40 years of age, and a Leverhulme Prize in recognition of her scholarly contributions.
Founded in Philadelphia in 1923, the American Law Institute produces scholarship devoted to clarifying, simplifying, and modernizing the law. Elected membership is limited to 3,000 globally and based upon professional achievement, strength of character, and demonstrated commitment to improving the law.