The American Law Institute 87th Annual Meeting, May 17-19, 2010. Washington, D.C.

Bennett Boskey

Mr. Boskey, currently in solo practice in Washington, D.C., was a partner in the law firm of Volpe, Boskey and Lyons and its predecessors until its dissolution in 1996, assisting with government contracts, handling work pertaining to the nuclear and utilities industries, and serving as general counsel to such widely known nonprofit organizations as Analytic Services Inc. and Corporation for National Research Initiatives, as well as local counsel of other nonprofit organizations active in the fields of security and domestic policy matters. An ALI member for 59 years, Mr. Boskey was elected to the Council in 1972 and has served as the Institute’s Treasurer since 1975. He will become Treasurer Emeritus at the close of the 87th Annual Meeting.

During World War II, Mr. Boskey served in the U.S. Army and was discharged as a first lieutenant. He is a graduate of Williams College and Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. After law school he clerked successively for Judge Learned Hand, Justice Stanley Reed, and Chief Justice Harlan F. Stone.

Mr. Boskey was special assistant to the Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice in 1943, an adviser on enemy property in the U.S. Department of State from 1946 to 1947, and an attorney for the Atomic Energy Commission from 1947 to 1949; he served as deputy general counsel for the AEC from 1949 to 1951.

Mr. Boskey has written extensively on legal subjects, particularly on matters relating to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. He recently edited a book of his writings entitled Some Joys of Lawyering: Selected Writings, 1946-2007 (Green Bag Press 2007). He was for many years a member of the International Legal Studies Program Advisory Council of the American University Washington College of Law, as well as a member of the Board of Review and Development of the American Society of International Law. He is also an honorary fellow of Exeter College, Oxford University. He is the long-serving chairman of the board of The Primary Day School, a small private school in Bethesda, MD.

Mr. Boskey’s significant contributions to the ALI’s projects include service as an Adviser on the Restatement Second of Judgments, the Restatement Third of Foreign Relations Law, the Complex Litigation Project, the Federal Judicial Code, and the current Nonprofit Organizations project. He has also served on the Institute Program Committee, the Capital Campaign Steering Committee, the Finance and Development Committee, the Style Manual Committee, and the Investment Committee. According to membership records, Mr. Boskey has not missed an Annual Meeting in more than 50 years. Since at least 1971, his signature “Boskey motion,” precisely capturing a draft’s procedural status, has concluded the discussion of the draft and set the scene for its approval by the membership at the Annual Meeting.

In addition, Mr. Boskey has shared his abilities and energy with ALI-ABA for many years, serving on the current Board of Directors and its predecessor, the ALI-ABA Committee on Continuing Professional Education, since 1985. He was also a member of ALI-ABA’s American Law Network Subcommittee for 20 years.

In December 2007, Mr. Boskey received the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award for his long and outstanding service to the Institute and his many contributions to its work, and the library and studio complex at ALI’s Philadelphia headquarters was named “The Bennett Boskey Library and Studio” in his honor.

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