Barbara Babcock, Stanford’s first female law professor, dies at 81


Publish Date:
May 29, 2020
San Francisco Chronicle
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“She was a game changer,” said LaDoris Cordell, a retired Santa Clara County judge who started at the law school in 1971, a year before Babcock arrived.

Cordell entered Stanford Law School in 1971, the only black woman in her class, and was greeted by an all-male faculty. A year later, Babcock, since 1968 the founder and leader of one of the nation’s first federal public defender’s offices in Washington, D.C., left to become Stanford’s first female law professor.

“She joined the faculty, and the law school changed forever,” Cordell said. “She was a mentor to me throughout law school and after, up until the day she died.”

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