UC Hastings Professor Emeritus Joe Grodin has been selected as one of three winners of the 2014 Peggy Browning Award.
The award is given by the Peggy Browning Fund to “social justice champions who have distinguished themselves with passion and dedication to the rights and needs of workers and their families.” Professor Grodin will be presented with the Award at a reception in San Francisco on Feb. 13.
“Professor Grodin has been a premiere practitioner and an intellectual leader in both labor and employment law and constitutional law for decades,” said Professor and Research Dean William S. Dodge. “His advocacy for social justice and his career-long commitment to civil rights and civil liberties issues make him a natural choice for this award. Plus, in the true spirit of the Peggy Browning Fund, he continues to inspire our students in his seminars year after year.”
The Peggy Browning Fund is a nonprofit organization established in memory of Margaret A. Browning, prominent labor attorney and a member of the National Labor Relations Board. The mission of the Fund is to “educate and inspire the next generation of law students to become advocates for workplace justice” by providing fellowships and placements with government and public interest organizations that support the rights of workers. Every year several UC Hastings students have their summer employment paid for by the Fund. In addition, every year since its creation, the Fund has paid for UC Hastings students to attend its annual conference in Maryland.
About Professor Joseph Grodin
Professor Joseph Grodin, a native Californian, received his B.A. with honors from UC Berkeley in 1951 and his J.D. cum laude from Yale Law School in 1954. Upon graduation from law school he traveled to England on a Fulbright grant and earned a Ph.D. in labor law and labor relations from the London School of Economics.
Professor Grodin practiced law in San Francisco from 1955 to 1971, specializing in labor law and serving pro bono in a variety of civil rights and civil liberties matters. During portions of that period he taught as an adjunct professor at UC Hastings and a visiting professor at the University of Oregon Law School. Active in bar affairs, he served as chairman of the labor law section of the San Francisco Bar Association and as a member of the State Bar Committee on Legal Services.
From 1972 to 1979 Professor Grodin was a full-time professor at UC Hastings, teaching courses in labor law, employment discrimination, arbitration, and contracts. During portions of that period he served as a member of the first Agricultural Labor Relations Board, as foreman of the Alameda County Grand Jury, and as a visiting professor at Stanford Law School.
In 1979, Professor Grodin was appointed Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal; in 1981, he was elevated to presiding justice of that court, and in 1982 was appointed Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, a position he held until January 1987. Upon leaving the court, Professor Grodin returned to the UC Hastings faculty. He retired from full-time teaching in May 2005. He continues to teach part-time and to do arbitration and mediation work.