Historical Timeline of the School of Law
Regents of the University of California authorize establishment of UC Davis School of Law.
Law School planning committee, which includes Boalt Hall Professor Edward L. Barrett, Jr., begins work.
Professor Edward L. Barrett, Jr. appointed first Dean.
Professor Daniel J. Dykstra, Professor and Librarian Mortimer D. Schwartz, and Dean's Assistant and Registrar Thelma H. Kido recruited.
First faculty meeting held.
Library established in temporary building. Librarians Pat Piper and Betty Williams unpack first of 30,000 books.
Law School receives 340 applications for admission to first entering class.
Professors Edgar Bodenheimer, Brigitte M. Bodenheimer, Edward H. Rabin, and Frank B. Baldwin hired.
Founding class enters with 78 students.
Chief Justice of California Roger J. Traynor presides over groundbreaking ceremonies for Law School building.
Law School receives provisional ABA accreditation.
Law School building completed and named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Building dedication ceremony with Chief Justice of the United States Earl Warren.
Library meets ABA and AALS accreditation requirements with 75,000 volumes.
First issue of UC Davis Law Review.
First class of students graduates.
Student body reaches 340. Faculty reaches 20.
Law library reaches 100,000 volumes.
Professor Daniel J. Dykstra named Dean.
First issue of the Alumni Reporter, later named King Hall Quarterly and King Hall Counselor alumni magazine.
Law Students Association (LSA) generates revenue from pinball machines in student lounge.
Order of the Coif established at King Hall.
Professor Pierre R. Loiseaux named Dean.
First Annual Fund drive.
Prison Law Clinic established.
Law students vote to levy a $5 dollar tax for LSA purposes.
School of Law moves from quarter to semester system.
First issue of Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal.
Controversy surrounds commencement speaker California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk, author of the Bakke decision.
King Hall Legal Foundation formed.
Entering class tops 204 students.
Professor Florian Bartosic named Dean.
Distinguished Teaching Award established with funding from William and Sally Rutter.
UC Davis Law Review Symposium helps to establish the public trust doctrine in environmental law, influencing the California Supreme Court's historic decision to save Mono Lake.
Corretta Scott King delivers commencement address.
Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law established.
Immigration Law Clinic established.
Gloria Steinhem speaks at Bodenheimer lecture.
Students win National Moot Court championship in New York.
Barrett Lectureship in Constitutional Law established.
School of Law celebrates with 20th Anniversary Gala.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue unveiled.
Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court William J. Brennan, Jr. delivers commencement address.
Anonymous donation of $107,000 received as challenge to establish first Chair.
Professor Ellen R. Jordan named Dean.
Pro Bono Program established.
Professor Bruce A. Wolk named Dean.
Civil Rights Clinic established.
Inaugural State Capitol Reception, now an annual event.
First issue of Journal of International Law & Policy.
First issue of Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy.
U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno delivers commencement address.
Professor Rex R. Perschbacher named Dean.
Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic established.
King Hall receives Diversity Award from California Minority Counsel Program.
New Master's Degree in International Commercial Law receives approval.
Business Law Journal launched.
King Hall Outreach Program (KHOP) established.
Largest class enters with 214 students.
New King Hall Expansion and Renovation Project announced.
First class gift.
First King Hall Briefs alumni e-newsletter.
Major gifts totaling just under $3 million received for the King Hall Expansion and Renovation Project.
Law library named Mabie Law Library in recognition of the William and Inez Mabie Family Foundation gift of $1.5 million to the King Hall building campaign.
Groundbreaking on King Hall Expansion and Renovation Project.
Professor Kevin R. Johnson named Dean.
California International Law Center at King Hall is founded.
California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84 delivers commencement address.
New expansion wing of King Hall opens.
California Environmental Law & Policy Center is founded.
School of Law joins UCDC program.
Central Valley Foundation/James B. McClatchy Lecture on the First Amendment established.
King Hall hosts special sitting of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Center for Science & Innovation Studies is founded.
Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye '84 delivers commencement address.
King Hall hosts special sitting of the California Supreme Court.
School of Law completes the most successful fundraising year in its history, garnering $4.3 million in private support during the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Renovation of original wing of King Hall is completed.
Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies is officially launched, honoring the late Professor Keith Aoki.
Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delivers commencement address.
University of California launches Undocumented Legal Services Center, based at King Hall.
Class of 2018 enrolls – the School of Law's 50th class.
California State Assembly honors 50th anniversary of the School of Law with legislative resolution.