July 29, 2020 - University of Houston Law Center Professor Dave Fagundes has joined the American Law Institute after being elected by its current members. Fagundes was one of 38 new additions to the prestigious organization, which comprises exceptional judges, lawyers, and legal academics from all states and the District of Columbia, along with international members.
"It has been a challenging and unsettling few months for all of us," said ALI President David F. Levi in a statement. "Despite all of the uncertainty, the work of the Institute continues, and is perhaps needed now more than ever. It is with great pride that I welcome this newest group of superbly qualified members who are sure to provide unique insight to our Restatement, Principles, and Model Code projects.”
Fagundes, the Baker Botts LLP Professor of Law and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development, teaches first-year property, trusts & wills, and copyright. He joined the Law Center faculty in fall 2016.
“I am honored to be elected to the ALI,” Fagundes said. “And I look forward to assisting in its efforts to advance the law.”
Fagundes began his teaching career at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he taught from 2007 through 2016. Prior to entering academia, he worked as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School, an associate at the Washington, D.C. office of Jenner & Block, LLP, and a clerk to Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Fagundes' most recent and forthcoming scholarship focuses on property's abandonment doctrine, the Second Amendment status of municipal corporations, and the intersection of copyright and administrative law. His articles have appeared in the Cornell Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review, among others.
Other members of the ALI from the Law Center include: Professor Emeritus Richard M. Alderman, Dean Leonard M. Baynes (ex-officio), Professor Richard F. Dole, Jr., Professor David R. Dow, Professor Meredith J. Duncan, Instructional Associate Professor Tracy Hester, Professor Lonny Hoffman, Professor Stephen Huber, Professor Craig Joyce, Professor Emeritus Robert Knauss, Professor Peter Linzer, Professor Douglas Moll, Professor J. Thomas Oldham, Professor Michael A. Olivas, Professor Joseph Sanders, Professor William P. Streng, Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson, and Professor Ronald Turner. The late Ben Sheppard, Professors and former Deans Raymond T. Nimmer and Stephen Zamora also were members of the ALI.