Dan Fenno Henderson

Dan Fenno Henderson was a leading scholar in Japanese law. "Few, if any American legal scholars have individually achieved so much for a single area of comparative and foreign law." John Haley, Tribute to Dan Fenno Henderson. [Tribute by Dan Foote]

He taught in the Law School from 1962 to 1991 and was a professor emeritus until his death in 2001. He founded and built the Asian and Comparative Law Program (now known as the Asian Law Center). He also taught at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, joining its "65 Club" (retired professors from other faculties) in 1992.

Prof. Henderson practiced law in California and Japan. He held a JD from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. in Politics from Berkeley. He was the author or editor or more than a dozen books, including Conciliation and Japanese Law, Tokugawa and Modern (1965), Foreign Enterprise in Japan: Law and Politics (1973), and Civil Procedure in Japan (with Takaaki Hattori) (1985 and 2000). [Bibliography]

For many years, Prof. Henderson supported the development of the Law Library’s collections in East Asian Law. After his death, his widow, Carol Henderson, donated part of his personal collection to the Gallagher Law Library.

In early 2009, the UW School of Law Asian Law LLM Alumni, class of 1968 donated $6000 to the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, dedicated to the purchase of Japanese law books in honor of Professor Emeritus Dan Fenno Henderson. The Alum's generous gift enabled the purchase of 75 new titles for the Library's collection of Japanese legal materials. Members of that class included James L. Anderson, Yasuhiro Fujita, Eugene H. Lee, Tasuku Matsuo, Toshio Miyatake and Griffith Way.

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