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Historical Timeline of the School of Law

UC Seal1962

Regents of the University of California authorize establishment of UC Davis School of Law.

1963

Law School planning committee, which includes Boalt Hall Professor Edward L. Barrett, Jr., begins work.

Ed Barrett1964

Professor Edward L. Barrett, Jr. appointed first Dean.

1965

Professor Daniel J. Dykstra, Professor and Librarian Mortimer D. Schwartz, and Dean's Assistant and Registrar Thelma H. Kido recruited.

FacultyFirst 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.

1966

Professors Edgar Bodenheimer, Brigitte M. Bodenheimer, Edward H. Rabin, and Frank B. Baldwin hired.

Founding class enters with 78 students.

1967

Chief Justice of California Roger J. Traynor presides over groundbreaking ceremonies for Law School building.

1968

Law School receives provisional ABA accreditation.

1969

Law School building completed and named for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Earl WarrenBuilding 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.

1970

Student body reaches 340. Faculty reaches 20.

Law library reaches 100,000 volumes.

1971

Professor Daniel J. Dykstra named Dean.

1972

PinballFirst 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.

1973

Order of the Coif established at King Hall.

1974

Professor Pierre R. Loiseaux named Dean.

1975

First Annual Fund drive.

Prison Law Clinic established.

1976

Law students vote to levy a $5 dollar tax for LSA purposes.

School of Law moves from quarter to semester system.

1977

First issue of Environs Environmental Law and Policy Journal.

1978

Controversy surrounds commencement speaker California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk, author of the Bakke decision.

King Hall Legal Foundation formed.

1979

Entering class tops 204 students.

1980

BartosicProfessor 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.

1981

KingCorretta Scott King delivers commencement address.

Bodenheimer Lecture on Family Law established.

Immigration Law Clinic established.

1983

SteinhemGloria Steinhem speaks at Bodenheimer lecture.

1985

Students win National Moot Court championship in New York.

1986

Barrett Lectureship in Constitutional Law established.

School of Law celebrates with 20th Anniversary Gala.

1987

statueDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. statue unveiled.

Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court William J. Brennan, Jr. delivers commencement address.

1990

Anonymous donation of $107,000 received as challenge to establish first Chair.

1991

Professor Ellen R. Jordan named Dean.

1992

Pro Bono Program established.

1993

WolkProfessor Bruce A. Wolk named Dean.

Civil Rights Clinic established.

1994

Inaugural State Capitol Reception, now an annual event.

1995

First issue of Journal of International Law & Policy.

1996

First issue of Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy.

U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno delivers commencement address.

1998

PerschbacherProfessor Rex R. Perschbacher named Dean.

Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic established.

2000

King Hall receives Diversity Award from California Minority Counsel Program.

KHOP2001

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.

2004

Building RenderingNew King Hall Expansion and Renovation Project announced.

2005

First class gift.

First King Hall Briefs alumni e-newsletter.

2006

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.

2007

GroundbreakingGroundbreaking on King Hall Expansion and Renovation Project.

2008

Professor Kevin R. Johnson named Dean.

2009

California International Law Center at King Hall is founded.

California Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg '84 delivers commencement address.

Ribbon Cutting2010

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.

2011

Court SessionKing 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.

2012

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.

2013

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.

2014

University of California launches Undocumented Legal Services Center, based at King Hall.

2015

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.