Oral Histories

Interview of Frances McQuade

Assistant dean of the UCLA School of Law.
A Career in Law School Administration
Interviews not in a series, part one
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Administration
Biographical Note:
Assistant dean of the UCLA School of Law.
Galm, Bernard
McQuade, Frances
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
McQuade's personal background; establishment of the UCLA law school; Dean L. Dale Coffman; dedication of the law school building; formation of the law school curriculum; accreditation procedures; withdrawal from the Academic Senate; Coffman's administrative approach; Federal Bureau of Investigation monitoring of student applications during the 1950s; revolt of the faculty; Coffman's response to the faculty challenge; administration of the law school passes to a triumvirate: Chancellor Raymond B. Allen and Professors James H. Chadbourn and Ralph S. Rice; criticisms leveled against Coffman regarding faculty recruitment and anti-Semitic sentiments; Coffman's McCarthyist sympathies; working with Dean Richard C. Maxwell; establishment of placement and alumni affairs office; development of separate academic scales for the law school faculty; law school rejoins the Academic Senate; Law Library expansion; principles of collegiality at work in the law school; construction of the north wing for the law school; shifting between quarter and semester systems; summer session and its eventual elimination; range of law degrees granted; programs designed to increase minority admissions; California bar exam; alumni support for the law school; student protests over admissions policies; student input to law school policy; accomplishments of Dean Maxwell; selection of Murray L. Schwartz as new dean; impact of student unrest on the law school; Quarter-Away Program; various law programs; Vice-chancellor David S. Saxon's support for the law school; steady increase in enrollment of women; Dean Schwartz's decision to resign; Dean William Warren's contribution to alumni association activities; changes in faculty-student relations; Student Bar Association; UCLA Law Review; plans for further building expansion; McQuade's decision to retire; Dean Warren's reasons for resigning; Susan Westerberg Prager's appointment as associate dean; difficulties encountered as assistant dean for administration; The Docket; McQuade's future plans.