John Keith Mann


John Keith Mann



John Keith Mann was born on his family’s farm near in Alexis, Illinois, on May 28, 1924. A 1942 graduate of Alexis Community High School, Mann matriculated at Monmouth College (1942), just twenty miles south of Alexis. His college career continued in the U.S. Navy (1944-46) when he attended the U.S. Naval Training School in Boulder Colorado studying oriental languages. In 1946, Mann enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law, where his brother, William Howard Mann, was a professor (1946-1967). John Keith Mann received his B.S. in Law in 1948, and his LL.B. in 1949. While in law school he served on the student board of editors of the Indiana Law Journal (v.23 and 24) and was the Articles and Book Review Editor for v.24.

After law school, Mann clerked for Associate Supreme Court Justices Wiley Rutledge and Sherman Minton. He then entered private practice in Washington, D.C., before joining the U.S. Wage Stabilization Board. He taught law at the University of Wisconsin during the 1951/52 school year, before moving to the Stanford Law School in 1952. He spent the rest of his career at Stanford, retiring in 1988. In addition to being a professor, Mann was the school’s Associated Dean for Academic Affairs from 1961 to 1985 and its Acting Dean in 1976, 1981, and 1982.

Outside of academia, Mann served three U.S. Presidents (Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon) negotiating major labor disputes. In 1980, the Supreme Court appointed Mann as a Special Master to investigate a dispute between the State of Alaska and the federal government over control of offshore areas along the state’s northeast Arctic coast. His report has been credited with directly leading to the protection of the Alaskan barrier islands from oil drilling.

Mann was a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators and served two terms on the law school’s Board of Visitors (1976-1982). J. Keith Mann was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1987. Mann died 2006 at the age of 82.


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