Anita Ramasastry, the D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law, has been appointed to serve a two-year term as Chair of the Committee on Scope and Program of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). Prof. Ramasastry was appointed Chair of the Scope and Program Committee at the 122nd Annual Meeting of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC), which recently concluded in Boston, Massachusetts. The Scope and Program Committee is the committee which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake.
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 122nd Annual Meeting of the ULC, four new uniform acts were approved: the Uniform Act on the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking; the Uniform Powers of Appointment Act; Amendments to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Pertaining to International Proceedings; and Amendments to the Uniform Harmonized Business Organizations Code.
Other officers elected at the ULC’s 122nd Annual Meeting are: Harriet Lansing, Senior Appeals Court Judge in St. Paul, Minnesota, President; Rex Blackburn, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Idaho Power, in Boise, Idaho, Vice President; Timothy Berg, a shareholder and chair of the management committee at the Phoenix, Arizona, law firm of Fennemore Craig, Secretary; 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 serving as Vice Chair for the Drafting Committee on a Uniform Act on the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, just approved by the ULC. 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 has previously served as a member of both the ULC Scope and Program Committee and the Executive Committee. She just completed a two-year term as Secretary of the ULC.
Prof. Ramasastry joined the faculty of the University of Washington School of Law in 1996. 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.