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{ then and now } From top: Constitutional law scholar William Lockhart, UC Hastings Dean David Snodgrass, former Chief Justice of California Roger Traynor (right) UC HASTINGS 55 They were also very open to change. In the early 1970s, it was the 65ers who determined that UC Hastings needed a more diverse faculty, including young professors with current skills across a broad spectrum of legal scholarship. When Chancellor & Dean Emeritus Mary Kay Kane joined the faculty in 1977, she notes, 75 percent of the professors were 65ers. “We didn’t agree on everything,” she recalls, “but there was no infighting or jockeying for position. Faculty members worked collegially, collaboratively, and honestly stood up and said what they wanted to say.” The members of the 65 Club, she adds, cared deeply about the institution. “They were great minds—not great egos—who laid the groundwork for the future by bringing in a broader range of faculty.” Although the heyday of the 65 Club was over by the mid- ’70s, its end came in 1994, when Congress ended mandatory retirement for tenured professors. The pool of available luminaries over 65 evaporated once scholars were able to keep working at their home institutions. Still, while the era of the 65 Club had ended, its legacy continued. As dean of UC Hastings from 1993 to 2006, Kane converted 65er positions to distinguished professorships. “The 65 Club had a huge impact,” she says. “It transformed UC Hastings into a national institution. It gave students dramatic opportunities for a deeper and broader learning experience, with faculty who had been at the top of their game for 40 years. Today, it’s a different world, but students are still benefiting from the extraordinary scholarship of distinguished professors, as well as teachers who will be the luminaries of the future.” “They were great minds— not great egos—who laid the groundwork for the future by bringing in a broader range of faculty.”— Chancellor & Dean Emeritus Mary Kay Kane J. Warren Madden, chair of the National Labor Relations Board


Hastings Alumni Mag-Fall 2013
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