Abbe Gluck ’00 Elected to ALI, Appointed to ULC

Professor Abbe R. Gluck ’00 was elected a member of the American Law Institute in October 2015 and appointed to the Connecticut Commission on Uniform Legislation in May 2015.

"As someone who has devoted ‎her career to questions of statutory law and state/federal relations, these appointments are the greatest privilege and I couldn't be more honored to join both organizations,” Gluck said. “I am also deeply indebted to my colleague and teacher John Langbein for his example of service in both organizations and for his support.”

At the American Law Institute (ALI), Gluck is in a class of 72 new members that includes a federal appellate judge and the Solicitor General of the United States. The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. ALI drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes 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 addition, in May of this year, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy appointed Gluck to the Connecticut Commission on Uniform Legislation. Members of the Connecticut Commission become commissioners of the national organization, the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which drafts model legislation for enactment by state legislatures. Gluck succeeds to the seat vacated by Professor John Langbein, who has become a life member of the ULC. Commenting on Gluck’s appointment, Langbein said: “I am delighted to see Abbe Gluck join the ULC. She will bring to the work of the commission her deep knowledge of the workings of state government and federal/state relations.”

The ULC drafts state laws in fields in which uniformity across the states is desirable and practicable. Now in its 122nd year, the ULC is the nation’s oldest state governmental association. A nonpartisan organization whose commissioners serve in the public interest and without compensation, the ULC is the source of hundreds of acts that secure uniformity of state law in fields including banking and commercial law, civil and criminal procedure, evidence, probate and trust, guardianship and conservatorship, and the law of business organizations.

Abbe R. Gluck is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined Yale Law School in 2012, having previously served on the faculty of Columbia Law School. She is an expert on Congress and the political process, legislation, federalism, state and local government, civil procedure, and health law, and is chair of Section on Legislation and the Law of the Political Process for the Association of American Law Schools. Gluck has extensive experience working as a lawyer in all levels of government. Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Gluck served in the administration of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine as the special counsel and senior advisor to the New Jersey Attorney General. She also served in the administration of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg—as chief of staff and counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, senior counsel in the New York City Office of Legal Counsel, and deputy special counsel to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. Prior to law school, she worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland. Following law school, she clerked for then-Chief Judge Ralph K. Winter on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Professor Gluck’s recent work includes the most extensive empirical study ever conducted about the realities of the congressional law-making process. Her findings were published by the Stanford Law Review. She also was co-counsel on a Supreme Court brief in King v. Burwell, the challenge to the Affordable Care Act.