The passage of a new Code of Evidence by the 1965 California legislature is a major accomplishment achieved during the recently completed tenure of Professor John R. McDonough as chairman of the California Law Revision Commission. The new code is considered to be among the most important pieces of legislation to have been passed by the legislature upon the recommendation of the commission.

Professor McDonough will continue to serve as a member of the Stanford-based commission, with which he has been continually associated since its establishment by the legislature in 1954. He served as its executive secretary from 1954 to 1959, was appointed a member by Governor Brown in 1959 and again in 1963, and served as chairman during 1964 and 1965.


This spring Assistant Dean Thomas E. Robinson served as special consultant to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Improvements in Judicial Machinery. The committee is conducting hearings in connection with pending legislation that would empower United States courts of appeals to review criminal sentences imposed by federal district courts.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Senators Joseph D. Tydings of Maryland and Senator Roman L. Hruska of Nebraska. Among those testifying in support of the legislation was the Honorable Stanley A. Weigel ’28, United States District Judge in San Francisco.


Governor Brown has appointed Dean Bayless Manning to head a panel of three lawyers who will make a study of proposals for conflict-of-interest legislation affecting members of the California state legislature. Other members of the panel are Professor Preble Stolz, University of California at Berkeley Law School, and Daniel Frost, Los Angeles lawyer.

Dean Manning has long been interested in the conflict-of-interest problem in government service. He is the author of a book, Federal Conflict of Interest Law, and was staff director of the special committee of the New York City Bar Association, which produced the book Conflict of Interest and Federal Service.


Several members of the Class of 1966 will serve as law clerks to judges in various parts of the country next year. Stephen M. Blitz of New York will be clerking for Judge Irving Hill, United States District Court for the Southern District of California; Paul H. Breslin of Portola Valley for Judge Oliver Koelsch, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; John H. Colteaux of San Rafael for Judge Ben C. Duniway ’31, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Raymond C. Fisher of Sherman Oaks for Judge Skelley Wright, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; William A. Reppy, Jr., of Oxnard for Justice Raymond E. Peters of the Supreme Court of California; Norman M. Sinel of New Haven, Connecticut, for Judge Stanley A. Weigel ’28, of the United States District Court in San Francisco; Alan Douglas of San Diego for Justice Gerald Brown, presiding judge, Fourth District Court of Appeals in San Diego; La Joie Gibbons of Glenview, Illinois, for a judge as yet to be appointed in the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Fresno; Alan Kamin of Tucson, Arizona, for the Tax Court of the United States; and Thomas N. Allen of Red Oak, Iowa, for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.

Blitz, Breslin, Colteaux, Fisher, Reppy, and Sinel have all served as members of the Stanford Law Review, Fisher having been president, 1965-66.

Michael G. MacDonald, who was graduated from the Law School in January 1966, is currently clerking for United States District Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr., in Montgomery, Alabama.

A teaching fellow at Stanford, Mrs. Paula Currie, a graduate of the Law School at the University of California at Los Angeles, will be clerking for Chief Justice Roger Traynor of the California Supreme Court.


Robert A. Keller ’58, has been serving as an assistant dean of the Stanford School of Law since last October, with responsibilities centering in the area of alumni relations and financial development.

While at the Law School, Dean Keller was a member of the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. From his graduation in 1958 until his appointment as assistant dean, he was associated with the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Dahlquist, Herrington, and Sutcliffe. His work there was concerned with antitrust, public utilities, and corporate matters, including litigation.

A native of Oklahoma City, Dean Keller served as an officer in the United States Navy for four years after having received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1951.


Seven law professors were among holders of endowed professorships honored by the Stanford Alumni Association at its annual campus conference. All Stanford professors who hold, or have held, endowed professorships and their wives were guests of honor at the conference luncheon held on May 14.

Law faculty honored included Carl B. Spaeth, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law; John B. Hurlbut, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law; and Moffatt Hancock, Marion Rice Kirkwood Professor of Law.

All emeritus holders of the William Nelson Cromwell Chair were present at the luncheon: Marion Rice Kirkwood, 1949-1953, George E. Osborne, 1953- 1958; and Harold Shepherd, 1958-1962. Also present was Lowell Turrentine, the first holder of the Marion Rice Kirkwood Chair, 1958-1961.


Professor Edwin M. Zimmerman is currently on leave from the faculty of the Law School while serving in the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice. He was appointed first assistant to the head of the Division last December, after having served as Director of Policy 6 Planning in the Antitrust Division since July 1965.

At Stanford, Professor Zimmerman has taught Agency, Securities Regulation, Regulated Industries, Government Regulation of Business, Law and the Competitive Economy, and Administrative Law.


The Stanford Law Library’s collection of materials in the field of real property will be greatly strengthened by a recent grant of $44,000 to the School for that purpose by the Title Insurance Company and Trust Foundation, based in Los Angeles. The Law School will receive $24,000 as an initial grant, and five years of support of $4,000 per year.

To guide use of the grant, a library accession program has been drawn up by Professors Moffatt Hancock, John Merryman, Charles Meyers, and Howard Williams, all of whom teach in the area of real estate law, and the School’s librarian, Professor J. Myron Jacobstein. The accessions will fall in four main categories: current and historical development of the law of real property; natural resources and conservation of land; land use controls; and foreign land law.


The Law School’s first student yearbook has just been published. Sponsored by the School’s general student organization, the Law Association, the yearbook was prepared under the leadership of John G. Bannister, Jr. ’66, editor, and David W. Layne ’66, and Malcolm D. Hawk ’67, associate editors.

The 128-page book contains portraits of the students from all three current law classes and of the law faculty. Each student organization is represented by a group picture, with a description of its activities. Also in the book are photographs of familiar law school scenes, many of which are the work of Professor Moffatt Hancock.

Mr. Hawk will serve as editor of next year’s Stanford Law Yearbook and plans are already underway for the 1967 volume.