Whittier Law School Library Rechristened Haythorn Law Library in honor of beloved library director and professor

Whittier Law School yesterday renamed its law library in honor of Professor J. Denny Haythorn, who is retiring after 39 years of service, which makes him the longest serving current employee.

Professor Denny Haythorn, at the dedication ceremony for the Haythorn Law Library at Whittier Law School

Haythorn was responsible in 1976 for establishing the original law library at the Hancock Park campus in Los Angeles, which was a key component in the school’s gaining ABA accreditation. He then saw the library through its transition to the much larger facility in Costa Mesa, and through the digital revolution that has transformed libraries.

Haythorn Law Library dedication program

“I know of no one who has given more and given so unselfishly to this law school than Denny Haythorn,” said Dean Penelope Bryan. “As the head librarian he has provided inspirational leadership, fiscal responsibility, and stellar service to faculty, staff and the public. As a teacher he has provided an excellent role model of professionalism, a thoughtfully designed educational experience, and a deep commitment to the success of our students and graduates. As a colleague, Denny has always put the law school’s wellbeing at the forefront of all his actions.”

Professor Denny Haythorn with his family at the dedication of the Haythorn Law Library
Denny Haythorn with his wife Lori and two sons.

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