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Snap Shot: Peter Keane

Snap Shot: Peter Keane VITALS: Undergraduate: B.A., 1965, history. City College of New York. J.D., 1968, Southern Methodist University Law School.

CURRENT POST: Dean and professor of law, Golden Gate University, San Francisco. 1998-present.

PRIOR JOB: Chief Assistant Public Defender of San Francisco. 1978-1998.

AUTHOR: More than 50 published articles on the legal profession. One "Great American Novel," still unpublished. Wrote California State Proposition 190, amending the California State Constitution in 1994, which was enacted by the Legislature, signed by the governor and voted into law by 80 percent of California voters. "It reformed the state Commission on Judicial Performance (the agency that disciplines misconduct by judges). It did away with secret proceedings by the commission; did away with judges being the dominant majority on the commission; and put California judges under the rules of the Canons of Judicial Ethics."

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: President, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1988-89. Vice-president, State Bar of Calif., 1994-95. Chair, State Bar Criminal Law Advisory Commission 1983-1989. State Bar Committee on Legal Services, 1994. Board of directors (and founding member), San Francisco Mediation Society. (Partial list)

OFFICE: Dell Optiplex GX1. HP LaserJet 5 color printer. Windows NT. Microsoft Office, GGU Online, Netscape Communicator, Groupwise. LAPTOP: Dell 5000. TECH SUPPORT: The law school has two full-time positions, a systems person and a services manager to troubleshoot faculty/staff problems. For major issues, i.e., new computers, the main University's technology staff is called in.

HOME: Dell Optiplex.

FAVORITE COMPUTER GAME: Chess.

PDA: Handspring Visor.

FAVORITE PDA SOFTWARE: Microsoft Word.

CELL PHONE: Nokia.

SECURITY BLANKET: Small, 2-inch carved wooden Buddah, very old, from Bangkok. He gazes benignly at me all day long from the edge of my desk. He also fits in pocket for rubbing on particularly tough occasions.

FAVORITE NON-TECH MAGAZINES: Harpers, The Nation, New York Review of Books.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: British House of Commons Prime Minister's Question Hour on C-Span.

LETTERMAN OR LENO: 9:00 p.m. bedtime.

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER: Netzero.

CAR: Toyota Camry '95. Ford Windstar Voyager '95. Honda Accord '89.

LAST BOOK READ: Dalva, by Jim Harrison.

WATCH: Pocket watch, circa 1916, from my grandfather.

WHERE WE WOULD FIND YOU ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Broadcasting my weekly radio program, Legal Incite. Lawyers can get continuing education credits for listening. Each week, I interview three different lawyers, one hour each, on three different topics.

APPOINTMENT I NEVER MISS: Once a month lunch with my 94-year-old mentor at his assisted-living residence.

MOST IMPORTANT TECH TREND: Distance learning in legal education. It will totally transform the way law schools operate.

FAVORITE LAPTOP BOOKMARKS: 1). www.jurist.com 2). www.findlaw.com 3). www.nytimes.com 4). www.amazon.com 5). www.alibris.com 6). www.kdfc.com

SEARCH ENGINE: Yahoo.

LAST VACATION: Canada, 1997.

FREQUENT FLIER STATUS: United Airlines, 1K

FAVORITE QUOTE: "An adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."

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