UC Hastings College of the Law is pleased to announce the establishment of the Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Endowment for Moot Court. The endowment honors California Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter ’66, who will retire on January 4, 2015, after a distinguished 24-year career on the Supreme Court and 32 consecutive years of public service.
Justice Marvin R. Baxter and his wife, Jane, have been among UC Hastings’ most distinguished friends for many years. Justice Baxter is a director emeritus of the law school, and received the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 1998.
“Everything I’ve had the privilege to do in public service is because of UC Hastings,” said Justice Baxter, “the finest law school in America.”
"It is a great honor to have served on the state's high court since 1991,” Justice Baxter said in a statement regarding his retirement. “With three Chief Justices, twelve Associate Justices, and excellent staff, I have been able to contribute to its substantial body of opinions and case law. At the local and statewide levels I was gratified to have the opportunity to assist Governor Deukmejian in the appointment of more than 700 judges and numerous executive branch appointees, and to have supported the evolution of our judicial branch of government as a member of the Judicial Council of California and its committees. Jane and I look forward to an active retirement and will focus our time and attention on family and friends, traveling, hobbies, and charitable activities.”
Justice Baxter was recently profiled in the special Judicial Edition of UC Hastings Magazine. “The most important advice I can give a lawyer with judicial ambitions,” he said, “is to conduct himself or herself in a way so as to establish an outstanding reputation, both in terms of practicing law and contributing to the community. Someone may have an outstanding record of courtroom victories, but may be detested for the tactics used, for example. But if you are concerned about your reputation, you will also be concerned about your ability, your ethics, and how you treat opposing counsel, litigants, and the judges before whom you appear.”
The Baxters were also honored recently by anonymous donors, whose gift to UC Hastings created the Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Appellate Law Center—now home to the school’s perennially top ranked Moot Court teams.
“Justice Baxter is a giant of the bar,” said UC Hastings Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu. “He exemplifies the best that a lawyer can do: helping his community; becoming involved in public life; and then serving at the highest levels of government. We are honored to recognize him. My hope is that our students and others will be inspired by his example.”
The Justice Marvin and Jane Baxter Endowment for Moot Court was approved by the UC Hastings Board of Directors on Friday, December 5th, 2014.