Barbara Aronstein Black

George Welwood Murray Professor Emerita of Legal History, Dean Emerita, Faculty of Law

Office: 723 Jerome L. Greene Hall
Tel: (212) 854-5735
Fax: (212) 854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Jessica Copland
Phone: (212) 854-0667
Areas of Expertise
  • Legal history
  • Contracts


  • B.A., Brooklyn, 1953
  • LL.B., Columbia, 1955
  • Ph.D., Yale, 1975.
  • Honorary doctorates from Brooklyn; Marymount Manhattan; Osgoode Hall; New Rochelle; New York Law School; Smith; Vermont Law School; and Georgetown University Law Center.

Detailed Biography

Editor, Columbia Law Review. Associate-in-law, Columbia, 1955-56. In 1965 began a doctoral program in history at Yale, specializing in Anglo-American legal history. Served as instructor and lecturer in history while completing graduate study and, on award of the Ph.D. degree, became assistant professor of history at Yale. Appointed associate professor of law at Yale in 1979. Visiting lecturer, Harvard Law School, 1978. Visiting professor, Columbia Law School, 1984. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. Dean of the Faculty of Law, 1986-91. President, American Society for Legal History, 1986-87, 1988-89. Member, Selden Society; Massachusetts Historical Society; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society; New York State Ethics Commission, 1992-95; Board of Trustees, New York Law School, 1992-98; Trustee Emerita, Supreme Court Historical Society; Board of Guarantors 2000-2008, The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University; and Permanent Advisory Board, Jay Papers Project, Columbia University. Publications are on legal history and contracts.