Barbara Aronstein Black

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Barbara Aronstein Black (born 1933[1]) is an American legal scholar. She was the first woman to head an Ivy League law school.[2] when she became Dean of Columbia Law School in 1986.[3] Black is George Wellwood Murray Professor of Legal History at Columbia.[4]

Black received her B.A. from Brooklyn College in 1953,[5] her LL.B. from Columbia Law School in 1955, and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1975.[6] Black was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1989.[1] She was also for two years president of the American Society for Legal History.[6] Black's work has been concentrated in the area of contracts and legal history. She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Blackwell Award[7] and of the Federal Bar Association Prize of Columbia Law School.[8]

Barbara Black is the widow of constitutional scholar and civil rights pioneer Charles Black,[4] with whom she had three children.[9]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Benno C. Schmidt, Jr.
Dean of Columbia Law School
Succeeded by
Lance Liebman


  1. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 July 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  2. ^ Kleiman, Carol (March 9, 1987). "More women practice law, but barriers remain". Chicago Tribune.
  3. ^ "Winning due credit for life experience". Milwaukee Journal. January 6, 1986.
  4. ^ a b McFadde, Robert (May 8, 2001). "Charles L. Black Jr., 85, constitutional law expert who wrote on impeachment, dies". New York Times.
  5. ^ Moss, Michael (6 June 1988). "Challenge rules, roles, new graduates told". Newsday.
  6. ^ a b "Faculty Profiles - Barbara Aronstein Black". Columbia Law School.
  7. ^ "The Blackwell Award". Hobart and William Smith College.
  8. ^ "HWS: Barbara Aronstein Black". Hobart and William Smith College.
  9. ^ "Some memories of Charles L. Black, Jr". Yale Law Journal. June 1, 2002.

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