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Herma Hill Kay

Herma Hill Kay, American law educator. Bar: California 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1978. Recipient Research award, American Bar Foundation, 1990, Margaret Brent award, American Bar Association Commission Women in Profession, 1992, Marshall-Wythe medal, 1995; fellow, Center Advanced Study Behavioral Science, Palo Alto, California, 1963.


  • Kay, Herma Hill was born on August 18, 1934 in Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States. Daughter of Charles Esdorn and Herma Lee (Crawford) Hill.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Southern Methodist University, 1956. Juris Doctor, University Chicago, 1959.


    • Law clerk to Honorary Roger Traynor California Supreme Court, 1959-1960. From assistant professor to associate professor law University California, Berkeley, 1960-1962, professor, 1963, director family law project, 1964-1967, Jennings professor, 1987-1996, dean, 1992-2000, Armstrong professor, since 1996. Co-reporter uniform marriage and division act National Conference Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1968-1970.

      Visiting professor University Manchester, England, 1972, Harvard University, 1976. Member Governor's Commission Family, 1966.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: California 1960, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1978.


    • Author (with D. Currie, L. Kramer and K. Roosevelt): Conflict of Laws: Cases, Comments, Questions, 7th edition, 2006. Author: (with Martha S. West) Sex-Based Discrimination: Text, Cases and Materials, 6th edition, 2005. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Trustee Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 1972—1987, chairman board trustees, 1980—1984. Trustee, board directors Equal Rights Advisers, California, 1987—1988, chairman, 1976—1983. President board directors Rosenberg Foundation, 1987—1988, board directors, since 1978.

    Member of American Bar Association (section legal education and admissions to bar council 1992-1999, secretary 1999—2001), Order of Coif (national president 1983-1985), American Philosophical Society, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Association American Law Schools (executive committee 1986-1987, president-elect 1988, president 1989, past president 1990), American Law Institute (member council since 1985), California Women Lawyers (board governors 1975-1977), Bar Supreme Court of the United States Court, California Bar Association.


    • father: Charles Esdorn Hill
    • mother: Herma Lee (Crawford) Hill
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