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January 28, 1998
Friedrich "Fritz" Kessler, 96, German legal scholar who fled Nazis to teach at Yale and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall. Born in Hechingen, Germany, Kessler was educated at the universities of Tubingen, Munich and Marburg and was a research member of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Foreign and International Law in Berlin. In 1934, he and his wife, Eva, immigrated to the U.S. with the help of a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.
August 14, 1997
William G. Simon, 84, former head of the Los Angeles FBI office and contemporary of J. Edgar Hoover. Born in Douglas, Ariz., Simon was educated at St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif., and UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall Law School. As an FBI agent for 24 years, Simon headed major investigations into espionage, kidnapping and other key crimes. He ended his service as special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office, retiring in 1964 to practice law as senior partner in the firm Simon & Sheridan.
November 28, 1991
Preston B. Hotchkis of San Marino has been named a recipient of the Wheeler Oak Meritorious Award by the UC Berkeley Foundation. Hotchkis graduated from UC Berkeley and Boalt Hall School of Law on the campus. He has served as a UC Berkeley Foundation trustee since 1979 and chaired the executive committee from 1989-91. The award recognizes alumni and friends of the university for volunteer service.
July 16, 1997
When applicants to UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law submit their college transcripts, their grades are put into a computer and adjusted according to the table at right. The formula assigns each college a "rank number' based on how its students perform on the standardized law board exam, the LSAT, and how common a certain grade point average, say a 3.6 GPA, is at that school. In effect, an A from one school means more than an A from another.
March 23, 1988 | Associated Press
Twenty-eight students were arrested Tuesday at the UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall law school during a class boycott to demand more women and minority professors. Boalt has 91% white males among its 43.5 tenured faculty positions, a percentage exceeded only by the University of Chicago among the nation's top 10 law schools, a group called the Coalition for a Diversified Faculty claimed.
August 18, 1999 | From Associated Press
The dean of UC Berkeley's law school, who led it through a period of turmoil over minority admissions, has announced that she will leave her post in June 2000. Herma Hill Kay, 65, said she has met most of her goals as dean of Boalt Hall School of Law and plans to return to teaching after a one-year sabbatical to work on a book about early women law professors. No successor has been named. Kay had taught at Boalt since 1960, and in 1992 became its first female dean.
October 2, 1992 | From Associated Press
University of California law students on Thursday fired back at reports that their school's admissions policies violate civil rights laws, in particular taking issue with characterizations of the procedures as a quota system. "Race has never been and never will be the sole or controlling factor in the admissions policy of Boalt (Berkeley's School of Law)," said George Washington, president of the Boalt Hall Students Assn.
Frank C. Newman, who was an associate justice of the California Supreme Court from 1977 to 1982, has died in San Francisco after a brief illness. He was 78. Newman, who spent most of his career teaching at the UC School of Law at Boalt Hall, died Sunday, the state Judicial Council announced Wednesday.
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