Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Columbia Law offers a selection of original stories highlighting the accomplishments and impact of Black alumni, faculty, and students on the Law School community and beyond.

Explore a sampling of our stories below and see more here

Judge Elreta Alexander

Celebrating the Life of Judge Elreta Melton Alexander ’45, the First Black Woman to Graduate from Columbia Law

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Five Columbia Law professors standing in front of a blue backdrop with the words Columbia Law School repeated many times

The Legacy of 1619: Columbia Law Explores the Impact of Slavery on the American Legal System

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Seated James Meredith looks at his diploma at 1968 graduation

James Meredith ’68: A Racial Justice Pioneer

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Roderick Ireland ’69: Breaking Barriers at Columbia Law and on the Bench

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New York City Bar president Sheila Boston in a striped blazer and chunky necklace

Sheila Boston ’93 Leads City Bar Association Into a Brave New World

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Franklin Thomas

Franklin A. Thomas ’63: A Lifetime of Leading Change

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Columbia Law Professor Kendall Thomas in glasses and white shirt in front of mircrophone

Kendall Thomas Takes Pride in Being an Outlier and OutLaw

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Jamila Hall '03 Honored At 2020 Paul Robeson Gala

Inside the 26th Annual Paul Robeson Conference and Gala

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Columbia Law Review Editor in Chief Oluwatumise Asebiomo in blue dress

Meet ‘Columbia Law Review’ Editor in Chief Oluwatumise Asebiomo ’21

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Professor Kellis E. Parker black and white portrait crop

The Legacy of Kellis E. Parker, Columbia Law’s First Black Professor

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Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw on Intersectionality, More than Two Decades Later

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Jack Greenberg, Constance Baker Motley, and Thurgood Marshall

Columbians Who Played a Role in Brown v. Board of Education

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Nina Shaw '79

And . . . Action: Nina Shaw ’79 Sets the Stage for Reform in Hollywood

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Hillary Maduka ’21 LL.M.

Nigerian Human Rights Attorney Named 2020–2021 Baker McKenzie Scholar

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Ryan Smith behind the anchor desk of "Outside the Lines" on ESPN.

Ryan Smith ’97 Goes “Outside the Lines” for ESPN

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