Joseph A. Kanefield, a Ballard Spahr partner and an accomplished Arizona election law attorney, has been elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). As part of its 90th anniversary celebration, the ALI announced the election of 69 new members, including 15 jurists, 29 practicing lawyers, and 25 scholars.

The ALI, made up of more than 4,000 lawyers, judges, and law professors, is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Members have the opportunity to influence the development of the law in both existing and emerging areas, to work with other eminent lawyers, judges, and academics, to give back to the legal profession, and to contribute to the public good.

"I am truly honored to have been elected as a member of the American Law Institute," Mr. Kanefield said. "The ALI has made an enormous contribution to the development of American law over the past 90 years. I plan to help with the ALI's ongoing effort to improve the nation's election laws."

Said Ballard Spahr Chair Mark Stewart: "Joe is an outstanding lawyer and we are proud to see his talent and his commitment to the profession recognized in this way."

Mr. Kanefield focuses his law practice on government relations, civil and appellate litigation, public-private partnerships, administrative law, state and local tax matters, gaming, and election and campaign-finance law. He has extensive experience as a litigator at all levels of federal and state courts. Before joining Ballard Spahr, Mr. Kanefield served as General Counsel to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, advising the Governor and the State of Arizona in litigation involving the state budget, civil rights, immigration, gaming, and health care issues. He also served in the Arizona Secretary of State's office as State Election Director and in-house counsel and was an Assistant Attorney General and an attorney with the Arizona Department of Revenue.

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