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{ then and now } rebellious 1960s and ’70s. Grodin remembers watching Warren Madden, who was in his 70s, running around the field during student-faculty picnics and touch football games. He adds that Richard Powell, a 65er who was the leading property law scholar of his time, was sympathetic 54 FAll 2013 to students who went on strike during final exams as a protest against the war in Vietnam. “He thought we should be willing to postpone final exams,” Grodin says, “to honor their idealism and give them time to study.” According to Professor John Diamond, who came to UC Hastings in 1980, members of the 65 Club—including Traynor, comparative law scholar Rudolf Schlesinger, constitutional law scholar William Lockhart, and international law expert Stefan Riesenfeld—were “welcoming and engaged in the academic community. They were awe-inspiring to be with.” Eminent and Devoted Scholars UC Hastings’ distinguished professors are carrying on the tradition of the 65 Club by continuing to make important contributions long into their careers. Geoffrey Hazard, the Emeritus Thomas E. Miller Distinguished Professor of Law, came to UC Hastings after teaching at Boalt Hall, the University of Chicago, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of 16 books, including The Moral Foundation of American Law. Teaching, he notes, is essential to his scholarship. “My students provoke deeper thinking on my part and enable me to work out legal rules in various contexts,” he says. Charles Knapp, the Joseph W. Cotchett Distinguished Professor of Law, co-authored Problems in Contract Law with Professor Harry G. Prince. Formerly the Max E. Greenberg Professor of Contract Law at NYU Law School, Knapp says, “The atmosphere is conducive to thinking and getting work done.” Roger C. Park, the James Edgar Hervey Chair in Litigation, believes that UC Hastings’ support has facilitated his scholarship, including the Park and Lininger “Witness” volume of The New Wigmore. After 23 years on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School, he came to UC Hastings in 1995, he says, “because so many distinguished people had come here in late career.” John Leshy, the Harry D. Sunderland Distinguished Professor of Real Property Law, was previously solicitor of the U.S. Department of the Interior during the Clinton administration. The author of many articles and books, including Federal Public Land and Resources Law, Leshy appreciates that UC Hastings embraces a wide range of scholars. “The faculty here has a big tent,” he notes. The law school also provides a supportive base for action-oriented research, says Distinguished Professor Joan C. Williams. The author of many books and articles on work-life balance, she credits the college with helping her “create change in the world.” Torts scholar William Prosser


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