2006-07 Academic Senate Chair
John Oakley is Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. He is also an Associate in the Department of Philosophy at Davis. Professor Oakley received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his J.D. degree from Yale University. He has served on numerous Academic Senate committees at the systemwide and campus levels, most recently chairing the systemwide Committee on Faculty Welfare. Professor Oakley's teaching and scholarship deal principally with civil litigation, the concept of law and the philosophy of adjudication, the nature and scope of judicial power under Article III of the federal Constitution, and the division of jurisdiction between state and federal courts. He was the Reporter for the American Law Institute's Federal Judicial Code Revision Project from 1995 until 2004, and is the coauthor of two nationally-used casebooks as well over one hundred other works. Professor Oakley has served as a professional adviser to the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Judicial Council of California, as well as numerous other law-reform organizations, and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society.
* John Oakley succeeded to the Chair of the Academic Senate on March 13, 2006; his term will continue until August 31, 2007.