Some personal news to report: I have been elected a member of the American Law Institute. For foreign readers, the ALI is “the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.” It drafts and promulgates the Restatements of the Law and uniform codes such as the Model Penal Code and (with the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws) the Uniform Commercial Code. So very happy news! I have three reactions: feel free to mix and match as you choose.

My official reaction

I am grateful for the honor and for the confidence the ALI has shown in me. I will do my best to contribute to the work of the Institute, and I look forward to meeting and sharing ideas with my new colleagues.

My reaction around the office

“Hey, how’s it going? … Yes, pretty busy, you? … (playing it cool) Oh, thanks very much! Yeah, I think it’ll be good. So, tell me about your hearing this morning!”

My inner monologue

Holy cow! Did they really let me into a group that has Paul Clement and Martha Minow as members?

I don’t mean to make light of it—I am very conscious of the honor and really will work hard to repay the trust the Institute has placed in me by electing me.