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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012

{ poInt of vIeW } Marvin Baxter ’66 Q&A The esteemed associate justice of the California Supreme Court discusses his career, California’s deficit, and his abiding love of classic cars. Justice Marvin Baxter ’66 and his wife, Jane, have been among UC Hastings’ most distinguished friends for many years. Justice Baxter, who has served on the California Supreme Court since 1991, is a director emeritus of the law school and received its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 1998. The Baxters were honored recently by anonymous family donors who made a gift to UC Hastings in the Baxters’ names. The gift was used to create a new Appellate Law Center, now the home of the school’s award-winning Moot Court teams. Q What are some of your fond- six years that I held that position, I Q What has been the most est memories of UC Hastings? assisted in the appointment of more gratifying aspect of serving on A I had three wonderful years than 700 judges. It was a once-in-a- the California Supreme Court? at UC Hastings, which at the time lifetime opportunity because Gov. A One constant has been having had the premier law faculty in Deukmejian believed that the most three outstanding chief justices: the nation. I had William Prosser important and lasting responsibility Malcolm Lucas, Ron George, and for torts, Rollin Morris Perkins for a governor has is the appointment Tani Cantil-Sakauye. As important, criminal law, and Everett Fraser of judges. I have had outstanding colleagues for property. They were members throughout this period. Historians of the 65 Club, which was Dean Q What qualities did you look will have their views as to how the Snodgrass’ vision to recruit eminent for in candidates for the bench? court has changed philosophically faculty who had reached mandatory A Integrity, reputation, and indus- over the years. But I do not see it in retirement age at other law schools. triousness. You also consider where those terms. I see it as a wonderful the individual is from in terms of opportunity to do fulfilling work. Q In 1983, Gov. George judicial philosophy—whether the Deukmejian named you appoint- person views the judicial role as Q What do California’s ments secretary. What did that strictly interpreting the law as budget problems mean for the position entail? opposed to creating the law. It is state judiciary? A My responsibilities involved also important to know if there are A With California’s $16 billion advising the governor on appoint- any personal, moral, or religious deficit, the leaders of the Judicial ments to the executive and judicial beliefs that would preclude the can- Council are concerned about branches of government. In the didate from carrying out the law. the impact that cuts will have 16 FAll 2012


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