Professor David Hricik Elected to American Law Institute


Mercer University School of Law Professor David Hricik was recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

ALI drafts, discusses and publishes Restatements of the Law, Model Codes and Principles of Law that are influential in the courts and legislatures as well as in legal scholarship and education.

Hricik was only one of 61 individuals elected to ALI this year, and the only newly elected member from Georgia.

“It is an honor to welcome these accomplished individuals to our esteemed membership. As the ALI continues to make its mark in legal reform, I look forward to witnessing the great contributions our new members will bring to our projects,” said ALI President Roberta Cooper Ramo.

By participating in the Institute's work, ALI members have an opportunity to work with other academics, judges and lawyers to influence the development of the law in existing and emerging areas. The organization's elected membership is limited to 3,000 individuals.

In 2002, Hricik joined the Mercer law faculty, where he principally teaches Law of Lawyering, Patent Law and Litigation, Civil Lawsuits and Remedies. He has authored or co-authored books on property, statutory interpretation, civil procedure and ethical issues in patent prosecution and litigation. He is nationally recognized as an expert in ethics in intellectual property law.

Before coming to Mercer, Hricik earned his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 1988 and his bachelor's degree Phi Beta Kappa and with High Honors from the University of Arizona.

He then practiced law for 14 years, first with Baker Botts and later with litigation boutiques, principally litigating patent infringement, legal malpractice and complex commercial litigation. During that time, he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law and at the University of Houston Law Center.

About Mercer Law School

Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School's educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality, general practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of more than 400 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit or call (478) 301-5000.