UC Berkeley Law School Celebrates Women

University of California’s Berkeley law school, also known as Boalt Hall, held a reunion of 200 of its female graduates to celebrate its history of promoting women and law. Herma Hill Kay, Boalt’s current dean, listed several of the law schools “firsts,” including: the first woman professor at a major American law school, Nachtrieb Armstrong, 1919; the first woman to edit a law journal at an American University, Esher Phillips, 1917; and the first legal organization devoted to rights of lesbians, founded by Donna Hitchens in 1978.

Boalt Hall was one of the first law schools to admit women in 1894.


Los Angeles Times - March 4, 1998

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