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U.C. Davis Law Review
BRIGITTE M. BODENHEIMER MEMORIAL LECTURE ON THE FAMILY: UC's Women Law Faculty
36 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 331
Herma Hill Kay*
This Lecture is drawn from my ongoing study of women who became law professors at U.
S. law schools that were accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and members of the Association of American Law Schools (ABA/AALS schools) between 1900 and 2000. 2 In the context of that project, the University of California (UC), 3 with its four law schools, provides an intriguing case study for several reasons:
1. UC has long been recognized as the most outstanding public research university in the country. 4 Because its four law schools were founded between 1878 and 1965, its experience permits a historical examination of women's entry into legal education as students and faculty at a major public research university. 5 I have divided the discussion into two time periods: 1900-1979, when the first women to enter law teaching began their careers; and 1980-2000, when many of the barriers that discouraged women had been removed or ameliorated, thus increasing the pool of potential women law faculty.
2. All four schools have had women law faculty. The substance of this Lecture and of my larger project focuses on who these women are, how and why the first ones entered legal education, how they dealt with the male culture they encountered there, how they interacted with the women who came after them as faculty, and an account of their work as teachers and scholars.
3. With the exception of Hastings, 6 none of the UC law schools ...
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