A: The new name is UC College of the Law, San Francisco, or UC Law SF, for short. The California State Senate and Assembly passed Assembly Bill 1936 in late August, which revises the California Education Code to the new name. The Governor signed AB 1936 on September 23, 2022. The bill will be effective on January 1, 2023.
On September 23, 2022, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1936, which revises the California Education Code, striking the name “Hastings” from the College of the Law. The bill will be effective January 1, 2023, and the College will then be known as UC College of the Law, San Francisco (UC Law SF for short), the name unanimously recommended by the College’s Board of Directors. The name change is part of a larger restorative justice effort that began in 2017, in recognition of harms done by the school’s founder against the Yuki Indians in the Round Valley and Eden Valley Region. They include offering pro bono legal services to California Native tribes, opening an Indigenous Law Center at the school, and installing a permanent memorial space on the College’s campus, among others.
On September 23, 2022 California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law AB-1936, authored by Assembly member James C. Ramos, D-San Bernardino to rename UC Hastings and affirm the law school’s commitment to restorative justice initiatives in response to the history of its founder and first dean Serranus C. Hastings.
I write to offer you an update on the lawsuit filed against our law school in early October. Per my October 4th message, a small group of Hastings’ alumni and some descendants of Serranus Hastings sued to stop the renaming of our law school after the passage of Assembly Bill 1936, which was signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 23.
I am following up on my last message to you, in which I announced that the Governor had signed Assembly Bill 1936 into law, allowing us to move forward with our name change in 2023.
I write to you today with further updates on our name change journey since my last message on July 27th and our commitment to restorative justice initiatives with the California tribes most impacted by the acts of our founder and first dean, Serranus Hastings.
UC Hastings is changing its name to UC College of the Law, San Francisco in 2023. We will be known generally as UC Law SF. Below are some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about our new name and the process leading up to this exciting announcement.