The Jurisprudence of Justice Roger Traynor is a collection of essays describing and assessing the groundbreaking work of Justice Traynor, the twenty-third Chief Justice of California and one of the preeminent judges of twentieth-century America.
Chancellor & Dean Frank H. Wu called Traynor “the greatest jurist in the nation not to have sat on the United States Supreme Court,” in his concluding essay for the book.
Edited by UC Hastings Distinguished Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Hazard, this volume explores many of the basic themes of Justice Traynor’s jurisprudence, while at the same time recounting in detail the profound effect that the Justice’s decisions had on the development of law in California and throughout the United States.
The bulk of the book was written by students in Geoffrey Hazard’s seminar over a period of three years, and then edited and organized by Hazard. As Michael Traynor notes in the introduction to the book: “They [the students] are the successors to those my father loved to teach at a law school he held dear.”
After retiring from the bench, Justice Traynor joined the famed UC Hastings “65 Club.” When mandatory age limits forced out renowned scholars from the courts or academic institutions, The 65 Club allowed them to keep contributing scholarship and teaching at UC Hastings. Following his death, Justice Traynor’s family donated his archive to the school and built a major endowment.
Published by UC Hastings College of the Law, the single volume book will have an initial print run of 600 copies, with an expectation of future print runs.
A book release celebration event will take place at 3:30 pm on Wednesday September 2, 2015 in the Alumni Reception Center. Professor Hazard and several of the authors of the essays in the volume will present and share recollections of the renowned jurist. A reception will follow.
This event is free and open to the public. However, please help us plan accordingly by clicking here to register.
The UC Hastings Law Library is honored to act as the repository of the papers and memorabilia of the late California Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger J. Traynor, who served as a justice of the California Supreme Court from 1940 to 1970. While his record as a jurist speaks for itself, the New York Times paid tribute to him in these words: “Roger Traynor’s 30 years on California’s highest court proved that Washington, DC, is not the only place to influence American law. Chief Justice Traynor ... led his Court and thus often the nation in adapting the law to current needs and realities.”