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News Posted on September 10, 2018

Colleagues, friends honor Dean Emeritus Rex Perschbacher in UC Davis Law Review

UC Davis Law Review Online (Vol. 52) features multiple tributes to Dean and Professor Emeritus Rex R. Perschbacher, who died in June after a long illness.

Perschbacher served as dean from 1998-2008, during which time he grew and diversified the faculty and devised an ambitious, ultimately successful plan to renovate and expand King Hall. Construction on the project, begun while he was dean in 2007, was completed in 2010 under his successor, Dean Kevin R. Johnson.

Johnson pays tribute to Perschbacher, for whom he served as associate dean. Dean and Professor Emeritus Bruce Wolk, with whom Perschbacher worked as associate dean, also weighs in, as does former Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Antonia Bernhard. Former Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder recalls how she and Professor Lisa Pruitt – then both junior scholars - were among Perschbacher’s first faculty hires as dean.

Professors Emeriti Alan Brownstein, Joel Dobris and Ed Imwinkelried honor their longtime colleague with write-ups. Imwinkelried notes that he and Perschbacher were friends for more than 40 years.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Emily E. Vasquez, president of the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court, points out in her tribute that Perschbacher was a founding member of the Inn and brought to it “his calm demeanor, enormous talents, energy and stellar reputation.”

And Jon Sands ’84, who was a student at King Hall during Perschbacher’s earliest days as a King Hall professor in the 1980s, points out that “Rex Perschbacher was foremost a teacher.”

“From the time he entered the classroom – in the fall of 1981 – it was clear he loved the law, and more than that, teaching it,” writes Sands, who serves as chief federal public defender for the district of Arizona and teaches at Arizona State University’s law school.