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- Panel Celebrates Affirmative Action Pioneers (UCLA Law Magazine, Fall 2018)
- Architects of Affirmative Action Panel: September 15, 2018 at UCLA Law School
- Now available: The Integration of the UCLA School of Law, 1966-1978, Architects of Affirmative Action, by Miguel Espinoza
- 2015.09.13: Professor Fought For Social Justice (L.A. Times)
- 2015.09.10: Leon Letwin dies at 85; UCLA law professor, activist and Angela Davis defender (L.A. Times)
- 2015.08.29: Program for UCLA Celebration of Leon Letwin (PDF)
- 2015.08.29: Angela Y. Davis: Honor Leon Letwin By Reinstating Steven Salaita
- 2015.07.13: Leon Letwin (1929-2015)
- 2009.03.31: Plan to Reopen UC EAP in Israel
- 2003.01.30: American Academics Join Israeli Colleagues In Warning Against Ethnic Cleansing (Professors of Conscience)
- 1996.02.14: Faculty members contesting SP resolutions speak out (Daily Bruin)
- 1995.10.11: Reaffirming Affirmative Action (UCLA Daily Bruin)
- 1995 Fall: Leon Letwin, Law 145 (Civil Procedure) Student Evaluations
- 1995.Winter – Albert Y. Muratsuchi, Race, Class, and UCLA School of Law Admissions, 1967-1994 (Chicano-Latino Law Review)
- 1994.12.30: Leon Will Be 65! (Invitation)
- 1994.02.00: Law School Admissions: Serving the Privileged (UCLA Law School Docket)
- 1994: Who’s Who in America Listing for Leon Letwin
- 1993.04.06: California’s highest court pays historic visit to county (Press-Enterprise)
- Education and the Constitutional Rights of Children, in Thinking, Childhood and Education 6-16 (edited by Matthew Lipman, Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1993) (OCR)
- 1991.08.28: Leon Letwin, Criminal Law Seminar 503 (UCLAW).OCR
- 1991.01.00: UCLAW Responds to Gulf War (UCLAW Docket)
- 1990.09.12: A Few Questions About the Death Penalty (NYT ad)
- 1990.06.00: Evidentiary Privilege (Encyclopedia of the American Constitution)
- 1990.02.21: Oral History Interview with Miguel F. Garcia II (California State Archives, State Government Oral History Program) [Pitchess Case]
- 1989.03.14: Dina Letwin (1894-1989)
- 1987.05.01: Bessie Letwin — 1898-1987
- 1987.04.30: Leon Letwin Affirmative Action Memo to Faculty
- 1986.11.00: On Teaching Evidence (Matthew Bender Law School Report November 1986)
- 1986.09.11: 100 Law Professors Question Rehnquist’s Ethics
- 1986.09.11: Faculty Members’ Statement Regarding Retention Election for the California Supreme Court
- 1986.08.24: Activist Memories Fuel Former Red Tide Staff : Radical High School Paper Celebrated in 15-Year Reunion (LA Times)
- 1986.01.00: Transforming Legal Education: A Symposium of Provocative Thought (Nova Law Journal)
- 1986.01.00: Teaching First-Year Students: The Inevitability of a Political Agenda (Nova Law Review)
- 1986: Teaching First-Year Students – The Inevitability of a Political Agenda, 10 Nova Law Journal 645-46 – OCR
- 1985.06.00: Leon Letwin: Compassionate Scholar (UCLA Law School Magazine)
- 1985.05.03: UC Faculty Demand Divestment from Apartheid South Africa
- 1985.04.23: Stop Contra Aid (UCLA Daily Bruin)
- 1985.04.00: Impeaching Defendants with Their Prior Convictions: Reconsidering the Dangerous Propensities of Character Evidence after People v. Castro (18 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 681)
- 1984.03.21: NYU Law Student Letter Against U.S. Intervention in Central America
- 1984-1985 – Impeaching Defendants with Their Prior Convictions: Reconsidering the Dangerous Propensities of Character Evidence after People v. Castro, 18 UC Davis Law Review 681-719 (OCR)
- 1983.10.09: The Way We Train Lawyers Is a Crime Against Society (Washington Post)
- 1983 Fall Leon Letwin, Law 145 (Civil Procedure) Student Evaluations
- 1983.04.12: Leon Letwin Comments on the First Year Grading Proposal.OCR
- 1983.03.27: Rent Group Mailings Blasted as False (L.A. Times)
- 1983.02.24: Critical Legal Studies Conference Paper
- 1983.01.14: Nomination of Professor Leon Letwin for 1982 Distinguished Teaching Award by the School of Law
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Monthly Archives: September 1982
View in searchable PDF format: 1982 Fall – Leon Letwin, Law 145 Student Evaluations.OCR
+ Instructor’s greatest areas of strength
Instruct or ‘ s greatest areas of weakness
C Additional Comments
1. + – Letwin understands student remarks better than students
do-– makes sense of them, uses them to develop ideas, etc . Also, sense
of humor helps !
C – Best course I’ve had in 9 years of higher education– – and the
subject matter has the reputation of being the dullest aspect of the
first year of law. Remarkable!
Reasons: (1) Letwin’s approach, emphasizing the philosophical,
political and ethical aspects of this material . (2) His obvious mastery
of the material. (3) His warmth and humanity in interaction. This has
been an excellent intro . to law! .,.,.,..
2. + – His knowledge and an approach which includes discussion of
politics and policy.
C – An excellent, inspiring instructor. I wish there were more
3. + – Making rather dry material interesting; bringing out underlying
policy concerns .
C – This course has been not only the most interesting of all my
courses this semester, but also one of the most challenging. ,.,..,.
4 . + – Encouragement of student discussion/stimulation of interest in
the subject matter . Sensitivity to individual student needs.
– = Sometimes the class seems to be permitted to stray too far from
the substantive law.
C- I appreciate Prof . Letwin’s bringing legal ethics and the
social implications of the law and its application into our discussions.
I feel these considerations will better prepare me to be a responsible
member of the legal profession and to think analytically about the
issues which I will face in that profession . …. 5. + – Very warm and genuinely interested in us as people as well as
students. Articulate and communicates ideas well.
I feel I need a bit more of the nuts and bolts.
c – ….
6. + – Allowing for high level of student participation yet being able
to direct the discussion and keep it on the relevant subject.
C – Enjoy the way public policy is integrated into discussion and
amount of student input • ….
7. +-Presentation and ability to integrate student responses into a
coherent and meaningful outline .
A couple of outdated idioms. (This was tough to come up
C – I entered this class with skepticism over how interesting I
would find the subject matter . However, Prof. Letwin’s well– conceived
presentation and personable attitude have contributed to the overall
high marks on this evaluation.
8. + – His unassuming, yet authoritative method of teaching.
…. c –
9. + – Sensitivity to student’s questions.
Talks very quickly.
10. +-His extreme fairness ., He is gifted as a pedagogue .
11 . + – He makes a potentially boring class interesting.
Sometimes moves a lit tle too fast but at least we’re covering a
lot of material.
c – —12 . + –
Sometimes doesn’t seem to answer questions he knows the answer
— 13 . + – His genuine interest in the subject and his concern for
students grasp of the subject matter.
C – I felt like he spent a lot of time on subjects falling on the
first 1/2 of the class and were forced to rush through some areas in the
last 1/2 .
— 14 . + – Open to new ideas.
c – — 15. + – Wit, hipness.
C – He ‘ d be a great uncle . –16. + – Knowledge of subject matter/teaching skills/int erest in
– – Instruction sometimes gets missed in bog of uncertainty – class
goes off on tangents.
17. +-Teaching, inspiring student interest.
Doesn’t discipline those who ramble on too long.
c – ….
18. +-Not(!) getting sidetracked too often. Giving everyone a chance
– = His lack of hair.
19. + – Use of socratic method and development of ideas.
– = None
c – … 20. + -Prof. Letwin combines both personal warmth, intellectual
enthusiasm and exceptional powers of communication.
His house is too small for 90 people.
C He should announce changes in the syllabus much sooner (e.g.
when the supplement substitutes for the regular casebook).
21 . + -Helps student feel comfortable, knows subject matter very well.
I can’t think of any.
22. + – Gentle, yet productive, intelligent, and efficient.
… c –
23. + – Patience w/student ideas, accessibility, best instructor we
have had b/c of the clarity of the presentation.
– – “Some” bias against presenting both sides w/o impunity!
24. + – Ability to convey his ideas and the general rules of law to the
class; also, he discusses the policy implications of court decisions and
statutory enactments, etc .
Can’t think of any.
C – It would be good to have more profs like him. Unfortunately,
we don‘t • … 25. + – Extremely tactful, conducts class discussions beautifully;
obviously enjoys his field; funny--and idealistic.
– = Hectic pace.
c – –26 . + – His enthusiasm, wit and abil ity to communicate interest and
importance of subject matter. Also his ability to weave crucial social
values into course is good.
– = Often overly philosophical but his intentions are good.
C – No comments, overall an excellent, enlightening course and
instructor •• • A+. –27. +-The analytical process of exam1n1ng procedure, its impact on
the merits of the case, and the policy considerations underlying it .
C – The course allowed students to examine the political impact of
the law in society–ver y often that is not part of l egal educati on.
28. + – Receptiveness to students’ views, interesting presentation,
compassion, energetic approach to teaching, capability to control
Can’t think of any–I really enjoy your s t y l e of teaching.
C- Go more s l owly (a little) . Otherwise, the class has been the
high point in interest of the semester.
… 29. + – Control of class and leading discussion. Communicating
importance and philosophy behind case decisions and rules.
C – The book was very good. The cases were tough but the professor
did an excellent job of making them understandable and meaningful . ….
30. + – (1) Mastery of the subject. (2) Enthusiasm about the course.
(3) Creates excellent atmosphere in classroom.
~ + – Ability to grapple with complex concepts.
Lets us out late-– comes to class on time.
32 . + – Positive attitude, amiability, use of language.
33. + – Energy, enthusiasm, ability to generate interest .
Presentation occasionally confusing.
C – Use a bet ter book •
34 . + – Ability to lead discussion effectively, communicate clearly
– = Coughing on coffee, kicking tape recorders, mastery of lighting
system is weak.
35. + – His obvious interest and enthusiasm.
His occasional impatience.
C – My only fear in Civ Pro would be that unfortunate student who
has this boring material coupled with a boring instructor–my thanks to
Mr. Letwin for avoiding this eventuality .
~ 36. + – Competence, confidence , accessibility , openness.
c – … 37 . +-Organization, the ability to steer us in the right direction
whi le not putting people off and hurting their feelings. Not boring!
– = He stutters sometimes.
C – He ‘s the best prof . we ‘ ve got. Very concerned with the quality
of our education. Plus, he’s a nice guy!
38 . +-His respect for student’s comments. He is easy to approach.
– = Almost non– existent. Maybe encourage more discussion for the
quiet student . He tries to achieve this.
c – … 39. + – Conveying interest in subject to students . Conveying
excitement of subject to students .
– = Putting off student questions which go beyond the basic subject
of discussion .
40 . + – Accessibility, introduction of breadth to class material, good
at handling discussion.
— 41. + – Quickness of mind, ability to see and communicate basic issues,
sense of humor .
C – This class was very enjoyable, well– organized and chal lenging.
Mr. Letwin did a heroic job to be as good as he was everyday . I’d
definitely recommend this course and I’d like to take another course
from him. — 42. + – He is organized . He summarizes . He can be funny at times .
When he gets into a particular mind frame any idea pr esented by
the class which does not conform to his mind frame, he ignores . If he
could just take t he time to say– -we can get to that later or see me
after class–I think that would be more receptive to the class.
c – –43 . + – He is very receptive t o student ideas and does not pretend to
know all t he answers. Also he makes a very difficult, boring and
ridiculous subject area interesting.
– = Some days – not many, we cover material too fast (use of charts
and joinder of claims and parties) so that it is difficult to understand
C – Some manner of getting f ull class participation woul d be
beneficial to the class and Letwin would be able to call on people
without making them feel self-conscious (his style is very unpretentious
and human). Of all classes, this is the one where people could overcome
“stage fright .” The same people tend to dominate all of our classes and
it would be great to somehow get away from this •
…. 44. + – Enthusiasm, receptivity to students, classroom presentations .
C – Mr . Letwin is one of the finest professors I have ever had
(includes undergraduate). His classroom discussions are interesting yet
directional . The only suggestion for improvement that I have is a minor
one: better organization needed among the various topics. –45. + – Good communication with students (good control of socratic
Biased political viewpoints dispensed in the guise of
“discussing the issues“–the world isn’t so skewed in terms of power;
corporations are not all “bad guys . “
C – Should require FRCP with no writing in them for exam. Many
students are putting entire outlines in the margins; others of us are
struggling with questions of ethics v . possibly doing better on exams .
46. + – Keeping class on the subject at hand, diversity of view in
presentation, enjoyed philosophical discussions in class.
47 . +-He is very easy-going. He makes a course that could be dull,
very i nteresting. He brings in policy issues which are very important.
– – He often starts to make conclusory statements or brings things
together and then stops in mid-sentence.
48. + – He is very approachable and willing to help, to explain, to
elaborate on class material. He never makes students feel
stupid-confused, maybe, but not stupid .
– = The same as for most law professors in that it often isn’t
clear where the class discussion i s headed. I suppose that’s the fault
of the teaching method .
C – I wish all professors were as concerned about and interested in
our progress as students in absorbing and understanding the course
material. My major regret is that this course doesn’t go all year so
that we could have Mr. Letwin for another semester . I would like to say
more but, uncharacteristically, words fail me. Let it suffice to say
that Mr. Letwin is absolutely the best professor I’ve ever had . … 49. + – Excellent use of discussion and clarification of issues both
before and after.
– = Rarely but: lack of willingness to describe current
interpretation of law, i .e. FRCP Rule B–ean you ever really use compul .
counterclaim in place of cross claim?
C – Joinder problem allows student to test her knowledge and such
problems would be useful for each area covered . The more feedback the
better. Civil procedure was made fascinating by Mr . Letwin ‘ s excellent
teaching. I’m sure I wouldn’t have liked it otherwise.
50 . + – Superb ability to sense when the class had difficulty with the
s ubject matter, and to adjust accordingly.
– = Does not always advise class of the number of cases to be
discussed in the next few classes–caught us by suprise!
…. C – This should be a 6 unit, 2 semester course . 51. + – Brings out many issues, and people happy to contribute (not
afraid of being ridiculed for contributions).
C It would be nice to start classes in l aw school at 10:00
instead of 9:00.
52. + – His knowledge of the subject of civil procedure.
53 . + – His preci sion in explaining complex issues and presenting both
sides of an argument.
His failure to guide class when students continue with
54 . + – He is intent on us learning the actual rules .
Goes past our get out time nearly everyday.
… c – 55. + – Ability to explain cases in simple terms.
Sometimes cuts off interesting side discussions. (I know there
is a time limit t hough.)
56 . + – Facilitating class discussion; energy brought to teaching is
– = Excellent teacher; occasionally vague re current policy and
practices in legal field .
C – Difficul t course to master in one semester–-a l ot of material;
r eally better spread over whole year.
57. +-Discussions with Prof. Letwin are always provocative and
challenging. Very fair, pleasant, concerned man.
We need more of his t ype! !
C – I hope I have more classes and Profs like Civil Pro and Letwin!