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24th Blankenbaker Lecture on Professional Responsibility

 August 28, 2007

Dean Mary Kay Kane

"The Two Faces of Professionalism"
Dean Emeritus and Professor Mary Kay Kane

Photo by Todd Goodrich 2007  

Approved for 1 ethics CLE credit


Dean Mary Kay KaneDean Emeritus Mary Kay Kane is the John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.  She also served as Chancellor.

Her lecture, entitled "The Two Faces of Professionalism," discussed how professionalism embraces two distinct, yet inextricably intertwined, concepts: the way in which an attorney should practice the art or craft of lawyering, and the commitment to fostering justice, fairness, and the preeminence of the "rule of law" as the means of bettering our society generally.  She explored the elements that comprise each of these concepts, focusing on how they are exemplified in modern life and why they are deserving of our dedication.

Dean Kane has served as President of the Association of American Law Schools and was made a member of the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure for the United States Judicial Conference.  She serves as a member of the Council of the American Law Institute and the Council of the ABA Selection on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.  She has written extensively in the area of civil procedure.

She was born and raised in Detroit and attended the University of Michigan where she received a BA in English and a JD. Her teaching career began in the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School.  She came to Hastings in 1977.