Mary Kay Kane, who is the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law Emerita at UC Hastings, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Law Schools.
Dean Kane will head up the “Emeritus Council” of the IALS, which serves as an internal decision-making body when disputes arise about polices, directions, or procedures. Professor Kane will also work on an IALS initiative to develop common international tools for assessing law school programs and provide assistance to schools who want help to improve their programs.
“I hope that my work with the Association and my interaction with its members also will be helpful to UC Hastings,” says Professor Kane. “I have offered to reach out for our LLM program and to get the word out to foreign schools about various UC Hastings programs and will hope to share with my UC Hastings colleagues the things that I learn about legal education throughout the world.” The IALS Board convenes at locations around the globe to meet with regional representatives and bi-annually in a world session, which will be in Spain during the fall of 2015.
Professor Mary Kay Kane began teaching in 1974 at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School and came to UC Hastings in 1977. She served as Associate Academic Dean from 1980-82, as Acting Academic Dean during the 1987-88 academic year, as Academic Dean from 1990-93, as Dean from 1993-2006, and as Chancellor from 2000-2006.
Although she no longer teaches for UC Hastings, Professor Kane is far from retired. She is the author of numerous articles and books in her field of Civil Procedure. These include A Nutshell on Civil Procedure, now in its 7th edition; a co-authored Hornbook on Civil Procedure, now going into its 5th edition; a co-authored Hornbook on Federal Courts, in its 7th edition, and the 2nd and 3rd editions of 14 volumes of the co-authored treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure.
Professor Kane currently is a member of the Council of the American Law Institute. In 2001, she served as the President of the Association of American Law Schools. She also served as a member of the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure of the United States Judicial Conference from 2000-2006, and as a member of the Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar from 2004-2010. She has chaired numerous ABA site evaluation teams for accreditation purposes in the United States and has chaired advisory teams for ABA-ROLI (Rule of Law Initiative) in the Middle East.
The idea for an international association of law schools emerged from several meetings of legal educators from around the world who recognized the growing inter-relationship of norms from transnational legal systems. The first such meeting was held in Florence, Italy in the year 2000, and consisted of 50 invited legal educators from 27 countries. This meeting led to additional meetings of international legal educators, and during the May 2004 meeting in Hawaii, 130 legal educators from 47 different countries unanimously adopted a resolution to form the International Association of Law Schools.
In May 2005, a select group of legal educators from 14 different countries, representing all types of the world’s legal systems, gathered in Istanbul, Turkey, and agreed to the terms of a charter for the International Association of Law Schools. In October 2005, the IALS was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia in the United States of America.