At present, with the exception of its Deputy Director, the Institute's officers are volunteers. All officers are elected by the Council. Director Designate Wood is currently continuing as a judicial officer. Consistent with the judicial ethics rules, she will not receive compensation from the ALI or participate in Institute fundraising.
The Institute is governed by its Council, which determines projects and activities to be undertaken by the ALI and approves the work as representing the position of the Institute. Made up of no fewer than 42 and no more than 65 members, the Council consists of lawyers, judges, and academics, and reflects a broad range of specialties and experiences.
Council members are elected from the Institute membership for terms of five years. The Council ordinarily meets in January and October.