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News Posted on February 2, 2009

Stanford Evidence Professor Miguel Méndez Joins King Hall Faculty

Professor Miguel A. Méndez, one of the foremost scholars of his generation in the field of evidence law, has joined the UC Davis School of Law faculty.  Formerly the Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Professor Méndez has written extensively on California and federal evidence codes, publishing four books and more than 30 articles and papers that have established him as a leader in his field. 

"We are pleased to welcome Professor Méndez to our faculty," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "His exceptional scholarship, commitment to teaching, and devotion to professional service make him an outstanding addition to King Hall."

A 1968 graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University, Professor Méndez began his career as a law clerk with the United States Court of Claims, then joined the staff of Senator Alan Cranston as a legislative assistant before working as a public interest litigator with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational and California Rural Legal Assistance.  In 1977, he entered academia, joining the faculty at Stanford Law School to teach Evidence, Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Advanced Evidence, and other subjects.  He has also been a Visiting Professor at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law, Vermont Law School, and Santa Clara University Law School. In 1997, the California Assembly passed a resolution recognizing his 20 years of work as a Stanford Law School professor.

Professor Méndez is the author of Evidence-A Concise Comparison of the Federal Rules with the California Code; Evidence: The California Evidence Code & the Federal Rules-Problem Approach; Evidentiary Foundations: Proven Strategies and Techniques, and California Evidence.  His articles have appeared in some of the nation's leading law reviews, including Stanford Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Emory Law Journal, and George Washington Law Review.  His work has been cited extensively in leading evidence scholarship, and he has been elected to the American Law Institute and served as a consultant for the California Law Revision Commission.

In addition to his work as a scholar and teacher, Professor Méndez has a devoted career of professional service, and has received awards for his work from the National Hispanic Bar Foundation (2008), Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (1989), Hispanic National Bar Association (1993), Legal Aid Society (2003), and Public Advocates (1997).