Oral Histories

Interview of Edgar A. Jones Jr.

Assistant dean of the UCLA School of Law.
The Law, Arbitration, and the Media
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Faculty
Biographical Note:
Assistant dean of the UCLA School of Law.
Galm, Bernard and Connors, Thomas J.
Jones, Edgar A. Jr.
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.
Childhood; high school education; his college years; joins the U.S. Marine Corps; diagnosed as having tuberculosis; writes a novel about Bataan; engagement and marriage; decides to attend the University of Virginia law school; founds the Virginia Law Weekly; passes the bar at the end of his second year of law school; gives legal advice in exchange for his rent; meets Robert F. Kennedy and later works on John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign; Jones is hired at UCLA; the law school's determination not to be mediocre; L. Dale Coffman; Edgar Warren alerts Jones to the controversy surrounding Coffman; the law faculty when Jones arrived; Harold E. Verrall; Roscoe Pound; Thomas S. Dabagh; the School of Law and the Academic Senate; Ralph S. Rice; Arvo Van Alstyne; Richard C. Maxwell; faculty opposition to Coffman grows; Chancellor Raymond B. Allen's plan to remove Coffman from the deanship while Coffman on leave; Jones's arguments opposing that decision; Allan H. McCoid dismissed; Jones's meeting with Coffman and subsequent letter to him; Allen's letter on Coffman; Judge William C. Mathes; faculty committee appointed to investigate the law school; Coffman returns to the department after a year's absence; the search for a new dean; James H. Chadbourn's and Ralph Rice's leadership roles in the department; Albert James Harno's period as acting dean; student reactions to the Coffman period; campus administration, the University of California Board of Regents, and the law school; delay in finding a permanent dean; Coffman assigned new courses; Maxwell appointed dean; Murray L. Schwartz; Addison Mueller; Jones's feeling that he was not suited to be a dean; Jones serves as judge on "Traffic Court"; begins the series "Day in Court"; end of friendship with Chadbourn; effects of Jones's television work on image of UCLA law school; Bela Botos; Jones begins appearing on "Accused"; Los Angeles County Bar Association's denunciation of "tele-vision's courtroom programming"; debates Herman F. Selvin on the issue of courtroom programming; letter from a viewer; benefits and drawbacks of Jones's television stint; Hans Küng's visits to Los Angeles in the early sixties; the 1960 and 1962 law and electronics conferences; attempts to fund the proposed Law-Science Research Center; proposal to combine resources of UCLA and System Development Corporation; Jones's arbitration work; Charles O. Gregory; reasons for decline of the labor movement in the United States; teaching labor law; violations of labor laws in the United States; the arbitration procedure; Jones arbitrates a case for the United States Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Oslo; number of labor arbitration decisions in the United States; arbitration organizations; the Taft-Hartley Act; why parties accept arbitration rather than go to court; crippling effect of the National Labor Relations Board; arbitration with Ryan Aeronautical Company and the United Automobile Workers; arbitration at Douglas Aircraft Company; cases involving racial discrimination; arbitration of safety disputes; intertwining racial discrimination and safety issues in a case with Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1980; Jones's activity in the National Academy of Arbitrators; composition of the National Academy of Arbitrators.