Born in the South Bronx of immigrant Polish and Irish parents, Kenneth Redden worked his way through high school, the College of the City of New York and law school at UVA. After law school, he then went on to clerk for former Law School Dean and U.S. Circuit Judge Armistead M. Dobie, and practiced in New York City with Winthrop, Stimpson, Putnam & Roberts for two years before starting to teach in 1943. During his long tenure, Redden published forty-five books and contributed numerous articles to professional American and foreign legal and medical journals including his ten-volume Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia, which describes the legal systems of 176 countries as well as topics such as Islamic law and law of the sea. Redden’s work has been used as casebooks in leading universities and cited as authority by state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. His subjects at the law school included Equitable Remedies, Creditors Rights, Bankruptcy, and Persons.
Redden was a government consultant at the state and federal levels, and a reporter to the Supreme Court of Virginia Committee on Model Jury Instructions. His lectures were sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center and he acted as a legal advisor to governments throughout the world, receiving honors such as the Indo-Chinese Gold Medal for Meritorious Service, acting as co-director of the Vietnamese Legal Research Institute, and being appointed the first American professor of law at the University of Ankara in Turkey. He was one of six Americans to start the first law school in Ethiopia from 1964 to 1967. He served as a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve, an organization designed to maintain federal government operations in case of a major national emergency. After serving on the University of Virginia law faculty for forty-five years, Professor retired on July 1, 1988. Redden once stated that he turned down offers from other law schools because his first love “always was and always will be Virginia.” He was honored in legal circles throughout the world. Redden died in 1998.
Cases and Materials on Equity (with Garrard Glenn) (Michie, 1946).
An Introductory Survey of the Place of Law in Our Civilization (Michie, 1946).
Career Planning in the Law (Bobbs-Merrill, 1951).
So You Want to Be a Lawyer!: A Vocational Guidance Manual (Bobbs-Merrill, 1951).
The Law Student’s Form Manual (with George P. Smith, Jr. and Vernon Meredith Geddy, Jr.) (Michie, 1951).
The Lawyer’s Investment Manual (with Alexander V. Thelen) (Michie, 1952).
Cases and Materials on Equity (Michie, 2d ed. 1954).
Fifty-Year Cumulative Index of the Handbook and Proceedings of the Association of American Law Schools, 1900-1950 (with Frances Farmer) (AALS, 1954).
The Mining Law of Turkey (compiler with John Huston) (Fakülteler Matbaasi, 1956).
The Petroleum Law of Turkey (compiler with John Huston) (Fakülteler Matbaasi, 1956).
Legal Education in Turkey: A Comparative Study (Fakülteler Matbaasi, 1957).
Lawyer’s Medical Cyclopedia of Personal Injuries and Allied Specialties (editor with Charles J. Frankel, J.W. Holloway, Jr., and Paul E. McMaster) (Allen Smith, 1958-62).
Forms of Law and Legal Documents (1 Ethiopian Legal Formbook) (with Alexandra N. Hamawi and Abebe Guangoul) (Haile Sellassie I University Faculty of Law, 1966).
The Legal System of Ethiopia (Michie, 1968).
Federal Judicial Center Handbook: Reports and Papers from a Series of Seminars for Seasoned District Judges (editor) (Federal Judicial Center/West, 1974).
The Judicial Administration of Criminal Justice in Virginia (with Dulcey Fowler) (Virginia Division of Justice and Crime Prevention, 1974).
Federal Rules of Evidence Manual (with Stephen A. Saltzburg) (Michie, 1975; 2d ed. 1977; 3d ed. 1982; 4th ed. 1986;
Seminars for Newly Appointed United States District Judges (editor) (Federal Judicial Center/West, 1975).
Model Jury Instructions in Virginia: Criminal (reporter) (Michie, 1979).
Model Jury Instructions in Virginia: Civil (reporter) (Michie, 1980).
Modern Legal Glossary (with Enid L. Veron) (Michie, 1980).
Punitive Damages (Michie, 1980).
Federal Regulation of Consumer-Creditor Relations (with James McClellan) (Michie, 1982).
Federal Regulation of Family Law (Michie, 1982).
Federal Special Court Litigation (Michie, 1982).
Modern Legal Systems Cyclopedia (general editor) (Hein, 1984-2005).
Punitive Damages (with Linda L. Schlueter) (Michie, 2d ed. 1989; 3d ed. 1995; 4th ed. 2000).
Modern Dictionary for the Legal Profession (with Gerry W. Beyer) (Hein, 1993; 2d ed. 1996; 3d ed. 2001).
World Trade Without Barriers: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and Dispute Resolution (with Frank Warren Swacker and Larry B. Wenger) (Michie Butterworth, 1995-96).
Multilateral Trade Agreements Subject to the WTO Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) and Additional International Agreements on Civil Aircraft, Government Procurement, Dairy, and Bovine Meat (with Frank Warren Swacker and Larry B. Wenger) (Michie, 1996).
Equity: A Visit to the Founding Fathers (with Garrard Glenn), 31 Va. L. Rev. 753-783 (1945).
Are We Vulnerable?, 1 J. Legal Educ. 578-581 (1949).
Extracurricular Activities – The Ugly Duckling, 2 J. Legal Educ. 195-202 (1949).
Domestic Relations – Stepchild of the Curriculum, 6 J. Legal Educ. 82-84 (1953).
Practicable Medico-Legal Instruction in the “Smaller School,” 16 J. Legal Educ. 444-447 (1964).
Legal Research and Law Reporting in Ethiopia, 2 Liberian L.J. 122-129 (1966).
Malpractice!, Va. B. Ass’n J., Spring 1976, at 4-6, 22.
WTO & ADR (with Frank Warren Swacker and Larry B. Wenger), Dispute Resolution J., Aug. 2000, at 35-38, 81-87.
Aviation Law Looks to the Future: A Symposium: Foreword, 31 Va. L. Rev. 265-266 (1945).
Review of Howe, Readings in American Legal History, and Hurst, Growth of American Law, 36 Va. L. Rev. 285-287 (1950).
Selected Bibliography, 2 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 126-130 (1950).
Review of Chafee, Some Problems of Equity, 29 Tex. L. Rev. 980-981 (1951).
Review of Oppenheim, Unfair Trade Practices, 3 J. Legal Educ. 651-654 (1951).
2-3 Virginia Bar News (co-editor) (Virginia State Bar, 1954-55).
Review of Nadler, The Law of Debtor Relief, 33 N.C. L. Rev. 720-721 (1955).
Strengthening the Ties of Free Nations: The First Turkish-American Law Conference, 43 A.B.A. J. 1111-1112 (1957).
Medicolegal Relations Chosen as Dicta Topic, Va. L. Wkly., Oct. 2, 1958, at 1-2; reprinted in 10 Va. L. Wkly. Dicta 1-3 (1958-59).
The Law Making Process in Ethiopia (with Aberra Jembere and Nabiyelul Kifle) (Haile Sellassie I University Faculty of Law, 1966).
Roundtable on Equity: Africa, 22 J. Legal Educ. 420-423 (1970).
Legal Malpractice Reporter (editor with C. Edward Good and Albert P. Blaustein) (Michie, 1976-77).
Law Schools Fail to Produce Competent Attorneys, Va. L. Wkly., Sept. 28, 1979, at 1, 3-4.