Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Jody Madeira has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), the nation’s leading independent organization producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.
Madeira, the Louis F. Neizer Faculty Fellow and co-director of the Center for Law, Society & Culture, becomes the 19th member of the Indiana Law faculty to join the institute.
“This impressive group of newly elected members will add to the breadth of expertise in The American Law Institute’s membership,” said ALI President David F. Levi. “Our return to an in-person Annual Meeting this year affirmed the strength of the ALI’s spirit of collaboration and connection. I am excited to welcome this group’s participation in our ongoing projects and look forward to celebrating the ALI’s 100th anniversary with them at next year’s Annual Meeting.”
Madeira joined the Indiana Law faculty in 2007. She is an internationally recognized expert in fertility fraud, bioethics, and law and medicine, with a focus on reproductive endocrinology. Her research has been featured in national and international media, including the Netflix documentary Our Father, TEDxZurich, and investigative news programs like “20/20.” Her research interests involve empirical research; the role of emotion in law; the sociology of law; law, medicine, and bioethics; and the Second Amendment.
“Recent national events have proven just how important and timely Jody’s scholarship and outreach efforts are,” said Indiana Law Interim Dean Christiana Ochoa. “Her expertise in such a wide variety of legal fields will benefit the ALI and its members for years to come.”
Madeira is the author, coauthor, or editor of dozens of scholarly articles and three published books and two forthcoming titles, including a casebook, The Second Amendment: Gun Rights and Regulation (co-edited with Jacob D. Charles, Joseph Blocher, and Darrell Miller) (Foundation Press, forthcoming) and the Indiana Personal Injury Law Treatise (forthcoming 2023).
Her second book, Taking Baby Steps: How Patients and Fertility Clinics Collaborate in Conception, takes readers inside the infertility experience, from dealing with infertility-related emotions to forming treatment relationships with medical professionals, confronting difficult decisions, and negotiating informed consent. Based on a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data, Madeira investigates how women, men, and their care providers can utilize trust to collaboratively negotiate infertility’s personal, physical, spiritual, ethical, medical, and legal minefields.
Madeira’s first book, Killing McVeigh: The Death Penalty and the Myth of Closure, applies collective memory to criminal prosecution and sentencing, exploring the ways in which victims’ families and survivors came to comprehend and cope with the Oklahoma City bombing through membership in community groups as well as through attending and participating in Timothy McVeigh’s trial and execution.
Other ALI members from the Maurer School of Law include: Fred Aman, John Applegate, Jeannine Bell, Hannah Buxbaum, Fred H. Cate, Yvonne Cripps, Ken Dau-Schmidt, Rob Fischman, Charles Geyh, Sarah Jane Hughes, Mark Janis, Jay Krishnan, Leandra Lederman, Donna Nagy, Christiana Ochoa, Aviva Orenstein, William Popkin, and Lauren Robel.