Herma Hill Kay and Richard Buxbaum Recall Kay’s 50 Years at Berkeley Law

The Recorder, December 29, 2009 by Petra Pasternak

Kay’s career reflects the evolution of attitudes about, and expectations of, women…. Kay herself co-authored the state’s no-fault divorce law, which fellow Berkeley law professor Richard Buxbaum recalls as bellwether legislation. “She caught the temper of the times and led it.”

Kay said it wasn’t feminism so much as the civil rights movement that brought more women to law school. “The first women who came in were motivated by problems of race discrimination, not by sex discrimination,” Kay said.