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Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013

{ engaged scholarship } Courting Excellence scholarship is cited by U.S. courts at every level, shaping every level, shaping the development of the law. UC of the law. UC Hastings’ faculty scholarship is cited UC faculty scholarship is cited by U.S. courts at every courts at every level, shaping the development of level, shaping the development of the law. UC development of the law. UC Hastings’ faculty scholarship faculty scholarship is cited by U.S. courts at every level,Professors at UC Hastings wear many hats. In addition to teaching students how to think like lawyers, faculty members contribute to the evolution of the law through their scholarship. “Faculty members have made substantial contributions to the development of the law, as demonstrated by the impressive number of court citations they have received over the years,” says former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grodin, who taught at UC Hastings before and after his service on the bench. “The law school has some of the country’s top legal minds on its faculty, and the institution values and nurtures quality scholarship.” “We write for other academics in order to contribute to a scholarly conversation, but we write for the courts to make an immediate impact on the law as it is applied in real cases,” says Professor Scott Dodson, a civil procedure expert whose writings have been cited by five different federal Courts of Appeal in the last nine years. “We’re trying to speak to both audiences in meaningful ways.” The results are demonstrable. Courts across the nation—all the way up to the Supreme Court—often cite the scholarship produced by UC Hastings faculty. Most recently, Professor Rory Little was cited by Justice Samuel Alito at the end of the Supreme Court’s last term, in a sentencing case. “When professors are cited, it shows that they are not only doing their jobs but doing them effectively,” says Associate Dean for Research William S. Dodge. Some UC Hastings professors are recognized as the preeminent authorities in their fields, such as David Faigman, Geoffrey Hazard, Mary Kay Kane, John Leshy, Richard L. Marcus, and Roger Park. They have literally written the definitive books on their specialties. Hazard has been cited so many times that he says he doesn’t pay much attention to his citation count anymore. Nonetheless, he emphasizes that “it is important for professors to realize that what they 12 FALL 2013


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013
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