Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

State Of California Sued Over UC-Hastings Law School Name Change By Namesake's Descendants, Alumni

The Recorder, State of California Sued Over UC Hastings Name Change by Descendants of Namesake, Alumni:

Descendants of California’s first chief justice and a coalition of University of California, Hastings College of the Law alumni are suing the state and university leadership after the passage of legislation to rename the school and cut symbolic ties with its founder.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, alumni and six relatives of California’s first Chief Justice Serranus Clinton Hastings claim the state breached an agreement enshrined in state law to forever designate the school as the Hastings College of the Law.

The Hastings descendants are joined in the litigation by the Hastings College Conservation Committee—a group that is “dedicated to preserving the College’s name, independence from sectarian or political influences, and freedom from wasteful and ultra vires use of its taxpayer funds,” according to the suit. ...

If the court denies the plaintiffs’ declaratory and injunctive relief, they are seeking monetary damages no less than the value of the $100,000 worth of gold coin paid by S.C. Hastings to the state in 1878, when the school was established and Hastings became its first dean.

Reuters, UC Hastings Law School Sued by Namesake's Heirs Over Name Change

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