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Mary Kay Kane papers (Complex Litigation Project)


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Mary Kay Kane was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan for her B.A. in English, graduating in 1968, and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with her J.D. with honors in 1971. After commencement, she became the Co-Director of the National Science Foundation project on confidentiality, privacy, and social science research working both at University of Michigan and Harvard Law School.

In 1974, Kane started teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School as an Assistant Professor. She left SUNY-Buffalo Law School to become a professor at University of California, Hastings Law School in 1977. Kane was Assistant Academic Dean from 1980 to 1982, Acting Academic Dean from 1987 to 1988, Academic Dean from 1990 to 1993 and Dean from 1993 to 2006 at California, Hastings Law School. She also served as Chancellor from 2000 to 2006 and has taught as a visiting professor at University of Michigan, Boalt Hill, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Kane has written many books and articles on civil procedure of law. She served as Assistant Reporter for the American Law Institute Complex Litigation Project, of which she is a member. In 2001, Kane held the position of President of the Association of American Law Schools. She is also a member of the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and a member of the Standing Committee on Practice and Procedure for the United States Judicial Conference.

The Mary Kay Kane Papers (Complex Litigation Project), 1988-1993, include correspondence and meeting transcripts related to Kane's work as Assistant Reporter on the American Law Institute's (ALI) Complex Litigation Project, which was published in 1994 as Complex Litigation: Statutory Recommendations and Analysis. The majority of the series is correspondence regarding drafts, advising, and the Choice of Law provision. The meeting transcripts include transcripts of the ALI annual meetings and consultative meetings from 1989 to 1990.

Mary Kay Kane, Emeritus Professor of Law. University of California, Hastings. faculty/kane/index.html (Accessed February 18, 2010).

Received from the Mary Kay Kane in 1999.

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Processed by Megan Good, February 2010.

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Correspondence, 1988-1993.
Scope and Contents

Correspondence related to Kane's work as Assistant Reporter (along with Arthur R. Miller as Reporter) on Complex Litigation for the ALI. The series includes correspondence regarding drafts, Tentative Draft #3, Choice of Law, and the Advisory Group.

Meeting Materials, 1989-1990.
Scope and Contents

Meeting transcripts related comments documenting Kane's work as Associate Reporter (along with Arthur R. Miller as Reporter) for Complex Litigation from the ALI 1989 and 1990 Annual Meetings and meetings held with advisors and member of a consultative group from 1989 to 1990.

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