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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2012

{ then an D now } Roger J. Traynor A Lifetime of Accomplishment The 23rd chief justice of the California Supreme Court is widely considered one of the greatest legal minds this country has ever known. UC Hastings is privileged to house many of the great jurist’s papers and personal effects, and is grateful to his family members for their ongoing generosity. D California Supreme Court, which lasted from 1940 throughuring Roger J. Traynor’s extraordinary tenure on the 1970, the renowned jurist would return to his Berkeley home after a long day at court, have dinner with his family, often read briefs, and then relax in his favorite rocking chair with a crime novel or crossword puzzle. Today, visitors to the UC Hastings law library, on the sixth floor of Mary Kay Kane Hall, will find that very chair nestled in a corner of what is now known as the Roger J. Traynor Memorial Room. Besides Traynor’s favorite chair, the room also houses many of his books, papers, and framed awards, as well as his desk, easel, and a well-used black leather briefcase. Legal Legacy These items, which collectively help paint a picture of the man considered to have been one of the greatest judges this country has ever had, were part of a generous gift to UC Hastings made Above: Roger J. Traynor. Opposite page, top: The late jurist’s son, Mike by Traynor’s widow, Madeleine. Traynor, in the Roger J. Traynor In 1970, Traynor came to UC Hastings as part of the 65 Memorial Room at UC Hastings; Club, a program started by Dean David Snodgrass in which bottom: Roger J. Traynor at work. renowned law professors and jurists who had reached retire- ment age at their respective institutions were invited to teach at the law school. Having retired from the Supreme Court, Traynor taught at UC Hastings from 1971 until 1983, the year of his death at the age of 83. 52 FAll 2012


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