Local attorney, legal columnist, elected to American Law Institute


WASHINGTON D.C.-The president-elect of the Rockwall County Bar Association, who lives in Rockwall and practices commercial litigation nationwide, has been elected to the prestigious American Law Institute.

John Browning, who is also an award-winning legal columnist and is published across the state, was recently named as one of 63 newly-elected members from across the nation.

Only seven lawyers were elected from Texas. Others receiving the honor include a federal judge, the dean of Baylor Law School, a Texas Tech University law professor and a former president of the Dallas Bar Association.

Browning and the other newly-elected members will be recognized at a formal ceremony during the Institute’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. in May.

It is the leading independent organization in the U.S. producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law, according to Browning.

“I was truly humbled to even be nominated for American Law Institute membership, and I’m surprised and gratified at having been elected,” he said.

“When I look at the leading scholars and judges who are members, like Chief Justice John Roberts, I know I’m in amazing company.”

Founded in 1923 for the purpose of improving American law, the institute’s  membership consists primarily of judges, law professors, law school deans and lawyers who are selected on the basis of manifest professional standing, high character and ability, and significant contributions to the legal profession.

The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of the law that are influential in the U.S. courts and legislatures, as well as internationally.

“The distinguished and forward-thinking founders of the American Law Institute knew well that law reform required the best of the Bar, the Bench, and the legal Academy. We are very proud to welcome this distinguished group into membership in the Institute,” said President Roberta Cooper Ramo.

“The process of being selected into the Institute is rigorous,” she continued.

“Membership is a significant honor, as well as a promise to contribute to the health of the legal system in the U.S. and, increasingly, that of legal systems around the world. With the formidable challenges facing our world, these additions to our ranks will enhance our ability to take on the major legal problems of the times and develop solutions.”

In addition to being a partner with the Dallas office of national law firm Gordon & Rees, Browning is a noted legal writer.

He is the co-author of three law-related books, including the two-volume legal treatise “Texas Employment Law,” and a frequent contributor to national and regional legal publications on a wide variety of subjects.

He serves as a contributing editor for D CEO Magazine (writing the “Legalities” column); as senior writer for American Trial Lawyer magazine; and he pens the “Courting Success” column for the Houston Business Journal.

Browning also writes the weekly syndicated newspaper column “Legally Speaking,” which has garnered numerous journalism awards and appears locally in the Rockwall Herald Banner newspaper.

Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply