Council Members Elected at the 91st Annual Meeting


Scott Bales is a Vice Chief Justice on the five-member Arizona Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 2005 by Governor Janet Napolitano and was retained for a six-year term in 2008. He was elected by his peers as chief justice of the court, replacing Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch effective July 1, 2014.

Before his appointment, Justice Bales practiced law in Arizona as both a private and public lawyer. From 2001 to 2005, he worked at Lewis & Roca, where his practice focused on appellate and complex litigation. As Arizona’s Solicitor General from 1999 to 2001, he handled major appeals in state and federal court, oversaw the enforcement of Arizona election laws, and supervised the preparation of legal opinions on issues concerning state government.

Justice Bales also was a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix, a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Policy Development and a Special Investigative Counsel for the Justice Department’s Inspector General. He clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Joseph T. Sneed III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Justice Bales has taught as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law.

He was elected to the ALI in October 2007 and serves as an Adviser for Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes and on the Members Consultative Group for the Restatement Third, Employment Law. He also is a member of the Regional Advisory Group for the Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada region.

EDUCATION: Michigan State University, B.A.; Harvard University, M.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.

Evan R. Chesler is the Chairman of Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He served as the Presiding Partner at Cravath for many years and became the first ever Chair of the firm in 2013. He is the President of the Dwight Opperman Institute of Judicial Administration and an adjunct professor of law at NYU Law School.

Mr. Chesler joined the firm in 1976 as a litigation associate and became a partner in 1982 and head of the Litigation Department in 1996. He handles a wide variety of litigation, including securities, shareholder derivative, intellectual property, general commercial, environmental, ERISA, contractual disputes, and antitrust.

As an adjunct professor of law at NYU School of Law, he teaches an Advanced Trial Practice Seminar. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at NYU’s College of Arts and Science, where he has taught an honors seminar on constitutional rights in times of national crisis.

Following his graduation, Mr. Chesler served as law clerk to Judge Inzer B. Wyatt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is the author of numerous articles on legal topics as well as a chapter in the popular book, Inside the Minds of Leading Litigators. He is also a coauthor of a chapter on removal to federal court in the book Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (Third Edition).

EDUCATION: New York University, A.B.; Hunter College, CUNY, M.A.; New York University School of Law, J.D.

Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is the Director of Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and a Senior Fellow at the Institute, as well as the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, and Professor of Political Science.

Professor Cuéllar’s research and teaching focus is on administrative law and governance, public organizations, and transnational security. He has been a member of Stanford’s faculty since 2001 and has served as Co-Director of Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He has an extensive record of involvement in public service.

Professor Cuéllar served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House from 2009 to 2010. Before that, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group. During the second term of the Clinton Administration, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement.

In July 2010, President Obama appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, and from 2011 to early 2013, he co-chaired the Department of Education’s Equity and Excellence Commission. He is a board member of the American Constitution Society as well as the Constitution Project.

Following law school, he clerked for then-Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Elected to the ALI in October 2008, Professor Cuéllar serves on the Members Consultative Groups for the Restatement Fourth, The Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Principles of Government Ethics, and Model Penal Code: Sentencing.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, A.B.; Stanford University, M.A.; Yale Law School, J.D.; Stanford University, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Garrett is the University of Southern California’s Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Law, as well as Professor of Political Science, Finance and Business Economics, and Public Policy. She was also appointed Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in October 2010.

Professor Garrett specializes in the legislative process, direct democracy, the federal budget process, the study of democratic institutions, statutory interpretation, and tax policy.

Before joining USC Law in 2003, she was a professor at University of Chicago Law School, where she also served as deputy dean for academic affairs. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, Central European University in Budapest, and the Interdisciplinary Center Law School in Israel.

She clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the U.S. Supreme Court after clerking for Judge Stephen Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served as legal counsel and legislative assistant for tax, budget, and welfare reform issues for U.S. Senator David L. Boren.

Professor Garrett was elected to the ALI in October 2008 and serves as an Adviser for Principles of Government Ethics.

EDUCATION: University of Oklahoma, B.A.; University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.


Teresa Harmon is a partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, working in the Global Finance Group. Her practice is centered on financial transactions and commercial law, with a particular emphasis on financial transactions involving regulated industries, student loan companies, and electric utilities. Her commercial law practice includes all articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, with a special emphasis on Article 9.

Ms. Harmon is a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Commercial Finance and Transactions Committee and the American Bar Association’s Securitization and Derivatives Subcommittee.

Ms. Harmon was elected to the ALI in October 2006 and serves on the Members Consultative Groups for Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes and Principles of Government Ethics. She served as the ABA’s liaison to the Permanent Editorial Board for the UCC for four years and now serves as an ALI-appointed PEB member and the PEB liaison to the Uniform Law Commission’s Drafting Committee for its proposed Home Foreclosure Procedures Act. She also is the Chair of the ALI’s Regional Advisory Group for the Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin region.

EDUCATION: University of Alabama, B.S.; University of Alabama, M.B.A.; The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.

The Director of the American Law Institute since 1999, Lance Liebman is the William S. Beinecke Professor of Law at Columbia University and Director of Columbia’s Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. He is the coauthor of law school casebooks on property, employment law, and the legal profession.

Before joining Columbia in 1991 as Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law, Professor Liebman was on the faculty of Harvard Law School for 21 years, becoming a full professor in 1976 and serving as Associate Dean from 1981 to 1984. He spent two years working on transportation and community issues as an Assistant to Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York City, after serving as a law clerk to Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Professor Liebman has been a Visiting Fulbright Professor of Law at Maharajah Sayajirao University in Baroda, India, a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University, and an adviser for the Japanese Institute of Labor. He also taught at the Harvard-Fulbright School in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. He was a contributor to the ALI Reporters’ Study on Enterprise Responsibility for Personal Injury published in 1991.

EDUCATION: Yale University, B.A.; Cambridge University, M.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.

Raymond Lohier, Jr., is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December 2010.

Prior to that, Judge Lohier was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney, Deputy Chief and Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, and Deputy Chief and Chief of the Narcotics Unit. From 1997 to 2000, he was a Senior Trial Attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he spearheaded employment discrimination-related litigation and worked on other civil rights matters.

From 1991 to 1992 and again from 1993 to 1997, Judge Lohier was at the New York law firm Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. In 1992 and 1993, he clerked for Judge Robert P. Patterson, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Judge Lohier was elected to the ALI in January 2013 and serves as an Adviser for the Restatement Third, Employment Law.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, A.B.; New York University School of Law, J.D.

Seth Waxman is a partner at WilmerHale and Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation group. His practice spans both federal and state trial and appellate courts. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 65 times.

Mr. Waxman served as Solicitor General of the United States from 1997 through January 2001. After law school, he clerked for Judge Gerhard A. Gesell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

A member of the ALI since 2001, Mr. Waxman lectures and writes frequently on topics related to litigation, constitutional history and doctrine, the First Amendment, intellectual property, and the Supreme Court. He also serves on the faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center.

He is a director and fellow of several professional, educational and cultural institutions, including the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the American Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court Institute, and the Supreme Court Historical Society. Mr. Waxman served as president of Harvard’s Board of Overseers from 2010 to 2011.

EDUCATION: Harvard University, A.B.; Yale Law School, J.D.