April 28, 2010
Professor Emeritus Claude Rohwer, a "founding father" of the law school who officially retired in 2005, has taught his last class at McGeorge.
Faculty colleagues and students surprised him with a champagne toast at the end of a Sales of Goods class on April 26, 2010. In recent years, Rohwer has been drawn back to campus to teach an occasional elective course. The low-key celebration marked the end of a 50-year career at McGeorge.
In late 1961, Rohwer taught a course at McGeorge while he was practicing law at Downey Brand Seymour & Rohwer. In 1967, following its affiliation with the University of the Pacific, he became one of the law school's original four full-time faculty members.
Rohwer taught Contracts to thousands of first-year students for nearly 40 years. He played a key role in the establishment of the LLM in Transnational Business Practice program and the annual McGeorge summer program in Salzburg, Austria. He also served as associate dean of international affairs.
Rohwer's gala retirement party in October 2005 at Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium drew more than 450 alumni and friends, along with his long-time faculty colleague and friend, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.