Hastings Law Journal Honors Geoffrey C. Hazard

Hastings Law Journal Honors Geoffrey C. Hazard

The Hastings Law Journal published a series of tributes to Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr., Director Emeritus of The American Law Institute, who passed away on January 11, 2018.

Since 1949, Hastings Law Journal has published scholarly articles, essays, and student Notes on a broad range of legal topics. Issue 4, Volume 70 featured sixteen essays written by friends and colleagues in tribute of Professor Hazard, honoring his lifetime of work in the law, his wise counsel, invaluable friendship, and lasting legacy. Contributions from ALI members included a foreword by UC Hastings Law Dean David L. Faigman and tribute essays from Neil H. Andrews of the University of Cambridge, Clare College; Edward H. Cooper of the University of Michigan Law School; William A. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; W. William Hodes of The William Hodes Law Firm; Peter R. Jarvis of Holland & Knight; Mary Kay Kane of UC Hastings College of the Law; Evan T. Lee of UC Hastings College of the Law; John Leubsdorf of Rutgers Law School; Richard L. Marcus of UC Hastings College of the Law; Anthony J. Scirica of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; Catherine T. Struve of the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Michele Taruffo of Universita Di Pavia, Facolta Di Giurisprudenza; and Michael Traynor of Cobalt LLP.

An ALI member for 52 years, Professor Hazard served for nine years as the Reporter for the Restatement Second of Judgments, published in 1982. He succeeded Herbert Wechsler as ALI’s fourth Director in 1984, skillfully guiding the ALI’s already-begun Principles of Corporate Governance and Restatement Third of Foreign Relations Law to completion. Many new ALI projects were begun under his leadership, including Restatement Third works on Agency, The Law Governing Lawyers, Property, Restitution, Suretyship, Torts, Trusts, and Unfair Competition; and Principles of the Law projects on Family Dissolution, Transnational Civil Procedure, and Transnational Insolvency. It was also during his tenure as Director that the Institute first turned its attention to projects with an international scope, a trend that continues today with its ongoing work on international commercial arbitration, foreign relations law, and conflict of laws. On stepping down as Director after 15 years, Professor Hazard was elected to ALI’s Council in 1999, serving until he took emeritus status in August 2015. He also was Co-Reporter for the ALI/UNIDROIT Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure (2006), which has become a path-breaking model of civil procedure for international commercial disputes.

Read the full issue here.

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