Mary Kay Kane is Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Dean from 1993 to 2006 and as Chancellor from 2000 to 2006. She is a recognized expert in the field of federal civil procedure.
Prior to joining the Hastings faculty in 1977, she was on the law faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo and served three years as the co-director of a national science foundation project. She is a past president of the Association of American Law Schools.
Professor Kane was elected to the ALI in December 1978 and was elected to the Council in December 1997. She serves as Chair of the Governance Committee and was previously an Adviser on the Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation project; the Restatement Third, Torts:Apportionment of Liability project; and the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure.
Professor Kane 's major area of interest is civil procedure. She has written several articles and books in that field, including a Nutshell on Civil Procedure, the seventh edition of which was published in 2012. She also co-authored a Hornbook on Civil Procedure, whose fourth edition was published in 2005, a Hornbook on the Law of Federal Courts, whose seventh edition was published in 2011, as well as the second and third editions of fourteen volumes of the national treatise, Federal Practice and Procedure. She also served as the Co-Reporter for ALI's Complex Litigation Project, developing proposals for handling multiparty, multi-forum disputes in the federal and state courts.
EDUCATION: University of Michigan, B.A.; University of Michigan Law School, J.D.