Oral Histories

Interview of Richard C. Maxwell

Dean of the UCLA School of Law.
Law School Modernizer
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Bertonneau, Thomas
Maxwell, Richard C.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Thomas Bertonneau, assistant editor and interviewer, Oral History Program, UCLA. B.A., Scandinavian languages, UCLA.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Childhood in Minneapolis; Scottish Presbyterian moral atmosphere; chemical engineering studies at University of Minnesota; decision to enter law school; stimulation of studies with William Prosser and Everett Fraser; Minnesota Law Review editor; World War II navy service in Pacific theater; Battle of Midway; occupation of Japan; completion of law degree; Stefan Reisenfeld, John Bauman, and Maxwell on Minnesota Law Review; teaching at University of North Dakota and University of Texas; working for Amerada Petroleum Company; joining UCLA School of Law faculty, 1953; expertise in oil and gas law; James H. Chadbourn and Ralph S. Rice; controversies surrounding law school; Allan McCoid; L. Dale Coffman; Academic Senate and law school; teaching at Columbia University, 1955; return to California for 1955-56 academic year; discriminatory attitudes in law school; recruitment of Murray L. Schwartz and Addison Mueller; Maxwell appointed acting dean, 1958, and dean, 1959; Chancellor Raymond B. Allen; rehabilitating law school's reputation; differences between law school professors and other professors; problems of appointment and tenure; development of faculty advisory committees; law school becomes full participant in university; Benjamin Aaron; gap between income of law school professors and lawyers outside universities; UCLA Law Library development; enlarging law school; increasing minority enrollment; Legal Educational Opportunities Program; Anthony McDermott; women in law school; support for teaching Bill of Rights in public schools.