Dean Maxwell served as the law school’s second dean, from 1958-1969, guiding the school to its first standings as a nationally ranked institution. From 1953 to 1981 he was Michael J. Connell Professor of Law. At the helm of a very young law school, Dean Maxwell broke new ground, introducing the school’s first interdisciplinary offerings, appointing the first two African-American and first women faculty members and launching an initiative to diversify the student body. He was awarded the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award in 1976 and the UCLA Medal in 1982. Dean Maxwell’s legacy can be found in the professionalism, warmth and collegiality of the extended UCLA Law family.