News Release

Two Locke Lord Texas Partners Elected Members of American Law Institute

July 31, 2017

July 31, 2017 – Two Locke Lord lawyers, Austin Partner Michelle Earley and Dallas Partner Scott Hastings, have been elected to membership in the American Law Institute (ALI). Earley and Hastings are two of only six newly elected ALI members, including judges, lawyers and law professors, from the state of Texas. 

ALI is a nonprofit organization founded in 1923 that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. The organization’s distinguished members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas by working with other prominent lawyers, judges and academics to contribute to the advancement of the legal profession and the public good.

Earley is a Corporate Partner and a member of Locke Lord’s Executive Committee. She also serves on the Firm’s Diversity and Lateral Hire Committees. In her practice, she handles a wide range of corporate and securities matters for public and private companies, including master limited partnerships, with a strong focus on securities offerings and disclosures, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Earley has extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters and selling stockholders in registered public offerings, Rule 144A transactions as well as equity and debt private placements, and merger and acquisition transactions. She also advises management and boards of directors of companies in all types of industries on general corporate governance matters.

She is an active member of the Austin community, serving as General Counsel to the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 2017 and participating as a member in the Junior League of Austin, the Austin Chapter of Jack and Jill of America Inc., St. David’s Foundation Opportunity Grants as well as a regular volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She is a member of the Leadership Austin Class of 2011 Alumni and Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellow Alumni. In 2016, she was selected to participate as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow.

Hastings is a Litigation and Appellate Partner who has presented oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court. He has broad appellate experience, including many arguments in the Texas Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and in several other federal and state courts of appeals. Hastings also maintains an active trial practice, focusing on constitutional law, energy litigation, federal False Claims Act matters and general commercial disputes.

Hastings is a former law clerk to Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation and the Dallas Bar Foundation. He has also received a Presidential Commendation from the State Bar of Texas for his service to the Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline.

To see a full list of the newly elected ALI members, click here


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