Feb. 2, 2012 -- Ben H. Sheppard, distinguished lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center and director of the school’s A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center, has been elected to The American Law Institute, one of the highest honors in the legal profession.
“Since its founding by such legends as former President William Howard Taft, former Secretary of State Elihu Root, and Judges Benjamin N. Cardozo and Learned Hand, the Institute has elected the leading legal scholars of the bench, the bar, and the academy to fulfill its mission of clarifying and improving the law,” ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo said in announcing the new members. “I am delighted to welcome this distinguished group into The American Law Institute, and am certain that they will advance our law-reform work and find their participation rewarding on all levels.”
Sheppard joined the Law Center faculty in 2006 after his retirement as a partner from Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. where he practiced from 1969-2005 and was co-chair of the firm’s worldwide international dispute resolution practice. He teaches courses in international commercial arbitration and litigation. As part of his work as director of the A.A. White Center, a division of the school’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, he conducts CLE courses in international and domestic commercial arbitration. Sheppard received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1968. He clerked for the Hon. Homer Thornberry of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1968-69.
The ALI produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. The Institute comprises more than 4,300 lawyers, judges, and law professors who discuss, revise, draft and publish 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.