Anita Ramasastry elected president of leading 50-state law group

posted Aug 16, 2017

Anita Ramasastry, professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law, has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). She is the first person of color to serve as president of the Commission, and only the third woman to serve as ULC president.

“It's gratifying to lead an organization that has had all the states working together successfully for over 100 years in a collaborative fashion,” says Ramasastry. “Lawyers from diverse geographies and backgrounds are able to craft excellent laws on topics as wide ranging as driverless vehicles, criminal records accuracy, and guardianship.”

Ramasastry, Dean Emeritus Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law, joined the faculty of UW Law in 1996. She currently serves as the faculty director of the law school’s International and Comparative Law programs and is an expert in the fields of commercial law, anti-corruption 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. 

Ramasastry was first appointed to the ULC from Washington in 2002 and has served as chair of the Washington Uniform Law Commission since 2006. Founded in 1892, the ULC is an organization comprising more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials to draft and promote enactment of uniform laws that are designed to solve problems common to all the states.

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.

Read more about Professor Ramasastry's role and history with the ULC.