1998 Life Member Class Gift


The 1998 Life Member Class Gift, totaling a record-setting $253,150, was presented to the Institute on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, during a luncheon held in honor of ALI’s new Life and 50-year members. The Class Gift will be used to fund important aspects of the Institute’s mission, including our travel assistance programs, the Early Career Scholars Medal and annual conference, and initiatives to make our work more accessible by providing free public access. To date, more than $2 million has been raised by the Class Gift program, now in its twelfth year, to support these key initiatives.

The American Law Institute celebrates each gift that contributed to the success of this campaign. We deeply appreciate your generosity.

1998 Life Member Class Committee:

ChairPamela Samuelson – University of California, Berkeley School of Law
David John Burman – Perkins Coie LLP
Michele C. Kane – The Walt Disney Company (Retired)
Leo P. Martinez – Andersen Tax LLC
Victor A. Vilaplana – Practus LLP

Giving Circle Donors
100 for 100 ($100,000 and above)
Pamela Samuelson
Benjamin N. Cardozo Circle ($25,000 – $49,999)
David J. Burman
(Five-year pledge)
Leo P. Martinez
Elizabeth S. Stong
Charles Alan Wright Circle ($10,000 – $14,999)
Frank E. Emory, Jr.
Michele C. Kane
Herbert Wechsler Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)
Robert L. Haig
(Five-year pledge)
Samuel Issacharoff
George W. Madison
(Five-year pledge)
Jon B. Streeter
(Five-year pledge)
Ann C. Yahner
Soia Mentschikoff Circle ($2,000 – $4,999)
Simon K. Barsky
(10-year pledge) 
Marina Corodemus
Henry L. Hecht
Richard D. Marks
Sustaining Life-Plus Donors ($251 – $1,999)
James K. Archibald
David M. Becker
Deborah Ellen Behr
Brian Bix
Leslie D. Corwin
Nancy Gertner
Paul T. Hayden
Steven J. Heyman
(Five-year pledge)
Frances Hill
Richard H. Klapper
Nanette K. Laughrey
Tom Montoya
(Five-year pledge)
Rachel Fay Moran
(Five-year pledge)
Betty R. Owens
Stephen R. Perry
Florence Wagman Roisman
(Five-year pledge)
Jay Tidmarsh
Stan Twardy
Victor A. Vilaplana
(Five-year pledge)
Luis M. Villaronga
Gary Wilson
Donald Norman Zillman
Sustaining Life Donors($125 – $250)
Teresa Stanton Collett
Laura Dooley
Ronald K. Henry
Denise Page Hood
Renée M. Landers
Gerard E. Lynch
Thomas M. Peterson
Peter M. Shane
Friends of ALI
Barry Alberts
Richard T. Andrias
Ralph Jacobs
James Cecil Nobles, Jr.


Class of 1998 Giving Circle Donors, Sustaining Life-Plus Donors, and Sustaining Life Donors are Sustaining Life Members for the 2023–2024 fiscal year.

The ALI Development Office has made every attempt to publish an accurate list of donors for the Life Member Class Gift campaign. In the event of an error or omission, please contact Kyle Jakob at 215-243-1660 or kjakob@ali.org.


Sustaining Life Membership
Life Members of the American Law Institute are not obligated to pay dues or participate in projects or meetings, but are invited and encouraged to do so to the extent possible. A Life Member who contributes an amount equal to the current dues that apply to his or her member category ($125 or $250) is considered a Sustaining Life Member for that year.

Member Giving Circles
Giving Circles are opportunities for ALI members to contribute at a higher level. All 1998 Class Gift Circle donors will be Sustaining Life Members for the 2023–2024 fiscal year. Giving Circle pledges can be paid in multi-year installments (up to five years).

Founders Circle—$50,000 - $99,999

The American Law Institute was founded in 1923 on the initiative
of William Draper Lewis, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, following a study by a group of prominent American judges, lawyers, and teachers who sought to address the uncertain and complex nature of early 20th century American law. The Committee's recommendation that a lawyers' organization be formed to improve the law and its administration led to the creation of the Institute. ALI’s incorporators included Chief Justice and former President William Howard Taft, future Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, and former Secretary of State Elihu Root. The founders’ mission of clarifying and improving the law still guides the Institute today as it approaches a second century of law reform.

Benjamin N. Cardozo Circle—$25,000 - $49,999

Remembered for his significant influence on the development of 20th-century American law, Justice Cardozo crafted many landmark decisions during his 18 years on the New York Court of Appeals and later as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. An early leader of The American Law Institute, he served on its Council for 24 years and was its first Vice President, serving from 1923 until his elevation to the Supreme Court in 1932.

Learned Hand Circle—$15,000 - $24,999

A renowned jurist on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and later the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Learned Hand has been quoted more often than any other lower-court judge by legal scholars and by the United States Supreme Court. An early leader of The American Law Institute, Judge Hand served as a 38-year member of its Council and as its Vice President from 1935 to 1947. He also guided the Institute as an Adviser or committee member on numerous projects and helped shape the ALI's future course as Chair of the 1946-1947 Committee on the Future of the Institute.

Charles Alan Wright Circle—$10,000 - $14,999

Widely considered the foremost authority in the United States on constitutional law and federal procedure, Professor Wright, a member of the faculty of the University of Texas Law School for
45 years, was the author or coauthor of major treatises on the
federal courts and on federal practice and procedure. President of The American Law Institute from 1993 until his death in 2000, he was elected a member of the Institute at the age of 30 and served on its Council for 31 years.

Herbert Wechsler Circle—$5,000 - $9,999

A preeminent scholar in constitutional law, criminal law, and
federal courts at Columbia University School of Law, Professor Wechsler served as Director of The American Law Institute from 1963 to 1984, bringing many Institute projects to completion during his 21-year tenure. He is widely known for his work as the Chief Reporter for the ALI's highly influential Model Penal Code.

Soia Mentschikoff Circle—$2,000 - $4,999

Best known for her work in the development and drafting of the Uniform Commercial Code, Dean Mentschikoff was the first
woman to be made a partner at a major Wall Street firm, the first woman to teach at Harvard Law School and at the University
of Chicago School of Law, the first female president of the
American Association of Law Schools, and the first woman to serve as dean at the University of Miami School of Law. When she was appointed Associate Chief Reporter for the Uniform Commercial Code, she became the first woman to serve as a project Reporter for the American Law Institute.