Anita Ramasastry Elected President of Uniform Law Commission

(August 2, 2017) -

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For Immediate Release: 

Anita Ramasastry, UW Law Professor, Elected President of Leading National Law Group
Prof. Ramasastry will serve 2-year term as President of the Uniform Law Commission

August 1, 2017 – Anita Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, has been elected to serve a two-year term as President of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Prof. Ramasastry was elected President at the 126th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission, which recently concluded in San Diego, California.  Prof. Ramasastry is the first Washingtonian to serve as President of the Commission, and also the first Asian American to serve as ULC President.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 126th Annual Meeting are:  Steve Wilborn, attorney from Lexington, Kentucky, Vice President; Nora Winkelman, Chief Counsel, House Democratic Caucus, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Secretary; and Thomas J. Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

At the 126th Annual Meeting of the ULC, six new uniform acts were approved:  the Uniform Directed Trust Act; the Uniform Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses Act; the Uniform Protected Series Act; the Model Veterans Treatment Court Act; the Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship, and Other Forms of Protective Arrangements Act; and the Uniform Parentage Act (2017).

Prof. Ramasastry was first appointed to the ULC from Washington in 2002.  She has served as Chair of the Washington Uniform Law Commission since 2006.  As a Washington uniform law commissioner, she has served on numerous committees, including serving as Vice Chair for the Drafting Committee on a Uniform Act on the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking.  She was a member of the drafting committee to Revise the Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and she was the Reporter for the drafting committee on the Uniform Money Services Act.  She just completed a two-year term as Chair of the ULC Executive Committee, the governing body of the ULC and the committee responsible for implementing the polices adopted by the ULC at its meetings.  Prof. Ramasastry has also served as Chair of the ULC Scope and Program Committee, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.

Prof. Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law, joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 1996.  She is also the Faculty Director of UW Law’s International and Comparative Law programs.  She is an expert in the fields of commercial law, anti-corruption, and international law.  She earned her B.A. from Harvard University, her M.A. from the University of Sydney, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.  Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.

Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable.  U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter, and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, have all served as uniform law commissioners.  Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.

Further information on the Uniform Law Commission can be found at the ULC’s website at www.uniformlaws.org.

Katie Robinson, ULC Legislative Program Director & Communications Officer
312-450-6616 ׀ krobinson@uniformlaws.org

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