SEATTLE – Aug. 1, 2011 Anita Ramasastry, the D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, has been elected to serve a two-year term as Secretary of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Prof. Ramasastry was elected Secretary at the 120th Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission which recently concluded in Vail, Colorado.
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 120th Annual Meeting of the ULC, four new uniform acts were approved: the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act; the Uniform Certificate of Title Act for Vessels; the Harmonized Uniform Business Organizations Code; and the Model Protection of Charitable Assets Act.
Other officers elected at the ULC’s 120th Annual Meeting are: Michael Houghton, partner in the Wilmington, Delaware law firm of Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell, President; Rex Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Idaho Power, in Boise, Vice President; and Charles A. Trost, Of Counsel with the Nashville, Tennessee, law firm of Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis, 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 the drafting committee to Revise the Uniform Law on Notarial Acts and the Study Committee on the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking. She was the Reporter for the drafting committee on the Uniform Money Services Act, and has served as a member of the ULC Scope and Program Committee for the past four years.
Prof. Ramasastry joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 1996. She has served as a staff attorney at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, an associate attorney at the international law firm of White & Case in Budapest, Hungary, and assistant professor of law at the Central European University in Budapest. She has served as an advisor to the World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the US Agency for International Development and the US Department of Commerce on international commercial law matters. 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 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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