Anita Ramasastry will Chair ULC's Executive Committee

(July 24, 2015) -

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Prof. Anita Ramasastry will serve 2-year term as Chair of Uniform Law Commission’s Executive Committee

July 24, 2015 – Anita Ramasastry, the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC).  Prof. Ramasastry was appointed Chair of the Executive Committee at the 124th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which recently concluded in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The Executive Committee is the governing body of the ULC, and is responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the ULC at its meetings.

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.

At the 124th Annual Meeting of the ULC, seven new uniform acts were approved:  the Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act; the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act; the Revised Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act; the Uniform Commercial Real Estate Receivership Act; the Uniform Trust Decanting Act; the Uniform Home Foreclosure Procedures Act; and the Uniform Recognition and Enforcement of Canadian Domestic Violence Protection Orders Act.

Other officers elected at the ULC’s 124th Annual Meeting are:  Richard T. Cassidy, founder and partner in the Hoff Curtis law firm in Burlington, Vermont, President; Melissa Hortman, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Vice President; Dan Robbins, senior vice president and associate general counsel with the MPAA’s (Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.) west coast office in Los Angeles, California, Secretary; and Thomas J. Buiteweg, partner with the law firm of Hudson Cook LLP in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Treasurer.

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 Scope and Program Committee, the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.

Prof. Ramasastry, the UW Law Foundation Professor of Law, joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 1996.  She is also the Director, Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development, as well as the Faculty Director of UW Law’s International and Comparative Law programs.  She is an expert in the fields of anti-corruption, commercial law 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. 

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.

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