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News Posted on January 2, 2014

King Hall Mourns Professor James E. Hogan

James HoganProfessor James E. Hogan, a founding member of the King Hall faculty and a nationally recognized expert in the fields of Criminal Procedure and Evidence, died on December 31, 2013 in Davis following a long illness.  He was 83 years old.

Professor Hogan joined UC Davis School of Law during its second year of operation in 1967 and established himself as a dynamic and effective teacher, valued colleague, and outstanding scholar.  He was twice honored with the Law School's Distinguished Teaching Award and in 1994 was one of four UC Davis faculty to receive a Citation for Distinguished Teaching from the Academic Senate.

"Professor Hogan was a mentor to generations of King Hall students and an inspiration to his faculty colleagues," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "As one of our founding faculty members, his passion for the law and for teaching set a standard of excellence at UC Davis School of Law.  We are all deeply saddened to hear of his passing."

James E. Hogan was born in Chicago in 1930. He received his undergraduate degree (A.B. magna cum laude) from Loyola of Chicago in 1953. After a two-year stint on active duty with the Navy, he enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a member of the winning team in the 1955 Moot Court Competition and received an award for the Best Individual Oral Presentation in the Final Round of that competition.

After his graduation in 1956, he became a Professor of Law at his alma mater, teaching courses in Evidence, Criminal Law, Equity, and Restitution. Three years later, he resigned his position at Georgetown to become a member of the law firm of Hilland, Mack & Hogan, which specialized in civil and criminal trials. However, he continued to teach on a part-time basis at Georgetown and at George Washington University.

In 1967, he joined the faculty at UC Davis School of Law, where he taught courses in Civil Procedure, Evidence, Products Liability, Criminal Law, Trial Practice, and Remedies for more than 35 years. During that time, he also taught at McGeorge, Loyola-Marymount, the University of San Diego, UC Hastings College of the Law, Southwestern University School of Law, the University of San Francisco, and the University of Illinois. He served as the Reporter of California's Civil Discovery Act of 1986, and was the co-author (with Professor Gregory Weber) of California Civil Discovery (Bancroft Whitney 1996).

The King Hall community will remember him as an outstanding scholar, an exceptional teacher, and beloved colleague and friend.

From the Sacramento Bee obituary: "In honor of his wishes, there will be no formal services. If friends wish to contribute to Jim's favorite causes, the family suggests the National Fund for Facial Reconstruction, 333 E. 30th Street, Lobby Unit, New York, NY 10016 or Legal Services of Northern California, 619 North Street, Woodland, CA 95695."