Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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SOIA MENTSCHIKOFF (1915–1984)

Soia Mentschikoff’s career marked the beginning of the breakdown of the formidable barriers that had excluded women from the legal profession in the twentieth century. She was a lawyer, a law professor, a law school dean, and a principal drafter of the most important legal code in American law, the Uniform Commercial Code. Her genius as an advocate, her political acumen, and her powerful and charming personality took her where no woman had been before.

Mentschikoff was the first woman partner in a Wall Street law firm, Spence, Hotchkiss, Parker and Duryee; she was the first woman professor at the University of Chicago and Harvard Law schools and the first woman dean of an accredited law school, the University of Miami; she was the first woman president of the American Association of Law Schools; and finally, Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach recommended her to President Lyndon B. Johnson for appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Mentschikoff combined this remarkable life in the law with a devotion to her parents and brother, to her husband, Karl Nickerson Llewellyn, a leading Legal Realist, and to her nieces, whom she raised from the ages of nine and seven.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Soia Mentschikoff was born in Moscow in 1915. Her father, Roman Mentschikoff, who reputedly was the son of Prince Sergei Mentschikoff, had lived in the United States and was an American citizen. Her mother, Eugenia Ossipov Mentschikoff, came from an important White Russian aristocratic family. Eugenia was a devout Russian Orthodox, and Soia was a practicing believer all her life. In 1917, the Mentschikoffs fled the Russian Revolution and returned

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  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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