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News Posted on July 25, 2019

Senior Associate Dean Afsharipour, Professor Joh elected to American Law Institute

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Afra Afsharipour and Professor Elizabeth Joh have been elected to the American Law Institute. Widely considered the nation’s most prestigious non-governmental legal-reform organization, the institute oversees projects that often form the basis of laws and become standards cited in judges’ opinions, lawyers’ briefs and scholarly articles.

“I am so honored,” Afsharipour said. “The ALI is such an important institution in the United States. The work they do is vital to shaping and steering the law.”

Joh called her own selection “a tremendous honor.” She and Afsharipour, longtime colleagues, said it was especially rewarding to be elected at the same time, and to join so many other King Hall scholars already in the group.

With the selections of Afsharipour and Joh, and of Professor Lisa Pruitt last December, the ALI has added three UC Davis Law scholars in just eight months. King Hall now counts 18 faculty members and emeriti in the ALI, which caps total membership at 3,000. The others are Dean Kevin R. Johnson, Professors Ashutosh Bhagwat, Gabriel “Jack” Chin, William S. Dodge, Robert Hillman, Thomas Joo and Leticia Saucedo, and Professors Emeriti Alan Brownstein, Carol S. Bruch, Joel C. Dobris, Daniel W. Fessler, Angela P. Harris, John B. Oakley, Edward Rabin and Daniel L. Simmons.

“Professors Afsharipour and Joh join an incredible group of law reformers,” Dean Johnson said. “UC Davis Law long has had a large percentage of faculty members elected to the ALI. It is a tribute to our faculty and its commitment to law reform that makes a difference in people’s lives.”

A King Hall faculty member since 2007, Afsharipour researches in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and transactional law. Her scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Georgia Law Review, National Law School of India Review, and other leading journals. She is the author of the Handbook on Corporate Governance in India: Legal Standards and Board Practices (The Conference Board 2016). Afsharipour has delivered numerous talks, nationally and internationally, on corporate law issues, and has been a visiting scholar in India and Taiwan.

Afsharipour became Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 2018, and has been deeply involved in providing service to the legal scholarly community. She has served on boards and committees of the American Society of Comparative Law and held leadership roles in various sections of the American Association of Law Schools. In 2018, she received the AALS Section on Business Associations Outstanding Mentor Award. In 2014, she was selected to Lawyers of Color’s “50 Under 50” list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education.

Before joining the UC Davis faculty, Afsharipour practiced corporate law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Menlo Park. She also maintained a robust pro bono practice, receiving the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award. Afsharipour holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Barkett of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Joh joined the UC Davis Law faculty in 2003. Her scholarship focuses on criminal procedure and policing, with a special emphasis on DNA evidence, undercover policing and new surveillance technologies. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online.

Since 2017, Joh has co-hosted the popular podcast “What Trump Can Teach Us About Con Law” with Roman Mars. Joh also has provided commentary for the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and the New York Times. Her recent New York Times op-ed, “Want to See My Genes? Get a Warrant,” challenged law enforcement’s increasing use of genealogy DNA databases to identify suspects. In February 2019, she participated in the Times’ groundbreaking New Work Summit on artificial intelligence.

Joh holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. and a Ph.D. (Law and Society) from New York University. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Joh received UC Davis School of Law’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.