Emeritus Professor of Law
By many measures, emeritus UC Hastings professor Joe Grodin is a lion of the legal profession.
A specialist in labor law, he practiced in San Francisco and worked pro bono on high—profile civil rights and civil liberties cases. He served on the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. He taught law over the course of 60 years, authoring numerous books and articles.
One thing that stands out from this impressive history is the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of countless UC Hastings lawyers, who remember Grodin as an especially inspiring mentor. “What impresses me most about UC Hastings is the diversity,” Grodin says. “Students bring a wide range of experiences and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to the classroom.”
That diversity, combined with UC Hastings’ commitment to keeping it real, makes for a distinctive learning experience—one Grodin would like to see UC Hastings advance in years to come, by staying open to a diverse student body and equipping graduates for 21st century impact. “The future must involve access for promising students, more skills training, and opportunities for pro bono activity,” says Grodin. “I see UC Hastings moving in that direction.”