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Grodin (Joseph R.) Papers
MSS 1001  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Restricted Materials
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical Note
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: CJCL Special Collections and Archives
    Title: Joseph R. Grodin Papers
    Creator: Grodin, Joseph R., 1930-
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 1001
    Physical Description: 8 linear feet (10 archives boxes; 1 map case drawer)
    Date (inclusive): 1979-1989
    Language of Material: English

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research upon approval of written request. Requests should be submitted to: California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives, 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Room 4617, San Francisco, CA, 94102-7013, or by e-mail to archives@jud.ca.gov. All researchers must sign the California Judicial Center Library Special Collections Access Agreement form. This agreement can be sent electronically by request. Records in the collection may contain confidential information, as defined in the Access Agreement. Publication or disclosure of such information is strictly prohibited.

    Restricted Materials

    Confidential records, including internal communications between Supreme Court of California justices and between California Supreme Court justices and staff, attorney-client privileged communications, and communications between California Supreme Court justices or court employees and third parties that reveal details of the court's decision-making processes, are restricted and closed to research use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Joseph R. Grodin to the California Judicial Center Library, Special Collections and Archives, May 2010.

    Biographical Note

    Joseph R. Grodin was born in Oakland, California, in 1930. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (BA, 1951), Grodin continued his education at Yale University (JD, 1954) and the London School of Economics (PhD, 1960), with an academic focus on labor law and labor relations. Grodin joined the law firm of Tobriner and Lazarus in 1955. While in private practice, Grodin served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. From 1970 to 1971, he served as a visiting professor at the University of Oregon Law School and, in 1972, began teaching full-time at Hastings. In 1977, he was appointed visiting professor at Stanford Law School.
    In May 1979, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. appointed Grodin to the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division One, where he began his service on July 20, 1979. In March 1982, he was appointed Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Two. He was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Brown in December 1982. In January 1987, following a controversial retention election in November 1986, Justice Grodin left the Supreme Court and rejoined the faculty at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item, date]; Joseph R. Grodin Papers, MSS 1001; [box number, folder number]; California Judicial Center Library.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed between 2010 and 2013 by California Judicial Center Library staff. The extent to which original order was retained is unknown. A confidentiality review was conducted in 2021 by Marie Silva, and confidential records were identified and restricted. Boxes and folders were numbered by Vita Isyanova in 2021.

    Scope and Contents

    The Joseph R. Grodin Papers (1979-1989) comprise ten document boxes and one map drawer of materials documenting Justice Grodin's service on the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, and the California Supreme Court. The bulk of the collection consists of articles and newspaper clippings, correspondence, speeches, publications, and other materials documenting Justice Grodin's service on the California Supreme Court, including records created by the Committee to Retain Justice Grodin and other papers related to the 1986 retention election.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright (or related rights to publicity and privacy) for materials in this collection, created by Joseph R. Grodin, was not transferred to the California Judicial Center Library. Permission for reproduction or publication of materials in this collection beyond that allowed by fair use must be secured from the copyright holder.


    The collection is arranged into four series: 1) Biographical Materials, 1981-1988; 2) First District Court of Appeal Papers, 1979-1982; 3) California Supreme Court Papers, 1980-1989; and 4) Photographs, circa 1980. The California Supreme Court Papers series is divided into five subseries: 1) Articles and Clippings, 1982-1989; 2) Correspondence, 1982-1986; 3) Advisory Committee to Implement Proposition 32 Papers, 1984-1985; and 5) Retention Election Papers, 1981-1986.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Judges -- California -- Election
    Grodin, Joseph R., 1930-
    California. Supreme Court
    California. Court of Appeal (1st District)