Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Max Kane

Academic journal article Energy Law Journal

In Memoriam: Max Kane

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The Honorable Max Kane, who died on January 18, 2002 at the age of ninety-three, was the longest-serving member of the Administrative Law Judge corps at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He will be remembered as a judge whose career bridged the development of the administrative judiciary from the enactment of the Administrative Procedure Act to the end of the twentieth century.

Judge Kane's first initial decision appears in volume 30 of the Reports of the Federal Power Commission.1 His last is printed in volume 67 of the FERC Reports. Between the two lies a span of more than thirty years, in which hundreds of decisions were rendered, hearings held and rulings issued.

Max Kane received his undergraduate education at City College of New York. At the height of the Great Depression, Judge Kane entered Columbia Law School. He received his law degree in 1934. When World War II began, he enlisted in the Navy, and was persuaded (much against his will at first) to attend a training program that graduated him as a commissioned officer. After the end of the War, Judge Kane joined the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In April 1962, Judge Kane became a Hearing Examiner with the Federal Power Commission. He was a leading figure in the successful effort to change the "Hearing Examiner" appellation to Administrative Law Judge. …

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