Pitt Law Professor Mary Crossley Elected to American Law Institute

The American Law Institute (ALI) announced the election of 41 new members, including University of Pittsburgh School of Law Professor Mary Crossley. According to an ALI press release, these new members will bring a wide range of perspectives and areas of expertise to ALI’s work of clarifying the law through Restatements, Principles, and Model Penal Codes. 

Crossley joins other Pitt Law faculty who are members of the ALI including Ronald Brand, Douglas Branson, John Burkoff, Dean William M. Carter, Jr. (ex officio), Pat Chew, Charles Cohen, Vivian Curran, Judith K. Fitzgerald, Cyril Fox, Arthur Hellman, Anthony Infanti, Penina K. Lieber, William Luneburg, Michael J. Madison, Lu-in Wang, and Rhonda Wasserman.

ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo said in the release, “It is essential to ALI’s process that each of our projects includes members who are at the top of the legal profession and diverse in every way. It is with great enthusiasm that I welcome these newly elected members to ALI and our law reform projects.”

Crossley’s scholarship has focused on issues of inequality in the financing and delivery of health care, encompassing topics ranging from an exploration of potential legal remedies for physician bias in medical treatment, to an examination of how recent trends in health insurance coverage function to discriminate against unhealthy people, to a consideration of how assisted reproductive technologies implicate equality concerns. She has published broadly, in journals including Columbia Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, and Rutgers Law Journal. Crossley's scholarly interests are reflected in a seminar that she has developed on Health Care & Civil Rights, and she has also taught courses in Health Law, Bioethics & Law, Family Law, and Torts.

Crossley was appointed Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2005 and served as Dean from 2005-2012, focusing her leadership on initiatives relating to curricular reform, innovation programming, and promoting diversity. In 2013 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Law Scholar in Residence, and in 2014-15 she served as a Faculty Mentor for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship Program.

Immediately prior to coming to Pitt Law in 2005, Crossley was the Florida Bar Health Law Section Professor of Law at Florida State University and before that she was on the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, including two years of service as Associate Academic Dean. Before beginning to teach, she practiced corporate and health care law in San Francisco and New Haven, and clerked for Judge Harry Wellford on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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