September 5, 2023
Trusts & Estates practice chair Suzanne Brown Walsh has been appointed to serve a two-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC). The Executive Committee is the governing body of the ULC, and is responsible for implementing the policies adopted by the ULC at its meetings.
Founded in 1892, the ULC is a nonpartisan, national organization which promotes statutory uniformity, comprised of more than 350 practicing attorneys, judges, law professors, legislators and other state officials – all lawyers – appointed by every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Commissioners donate their time as a pro bono public service.
Suzanne was first appointed to the ULC to represent Connecticut as one of its Commissioners in 2005. She is the chair of the ULC’s Study Committee on Deepfakes.
Previously, she chaired the ULC’s Drafting Committees on Electronic Estate Planning Documents, Electronic Wills, the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, the Amendments to the Uniform Principal and Income Act (2008), as well as a study committee on Mental Health Advance Directives.
Suzanne is a member of the Conflicts of Laws in Trusts and Estates drafting committee and serves on the ULC’s Joint Editorial Board on Uniform Trust and Estate Acts. She has served on numerous drafting committees, including the Uniform Health Care Decisions, Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction, Powers of Appointment, Trust Decanting, Regulation of Virtual Currency Businesses and Directed Trust Acts. She just completed her second two-year term on the ULC’s Scope and Program Committee, which recommends the study and drafting projects which the ULC should undertake. She is also a fellow of the European Law Institute.
Uniform law commissioners come together as the Uniform Law Commission once a year to study and consider drafts of specific statutes in areas of the law where uniformity between the states is desirable. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson, former U.S. Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis, Wiley B. Rutledge, and David Souter and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist have all served as uniform law commissioners.
Since its inception in 1892, the ULC has promulgated more than 200 uniform acts, among them such bulwarks of state statutory law as the Uniform Commercial Code, the Uniform Probate Code, the Uniform Partnership Act, the Uniform Securities Act, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act and the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.