Legal Education for Women

Soia Mentschikoff

Upon graduation from Columbia Law School in 1937, Mentschikoff was in private practice in New York for 10 years, during which she became the first woman partner in a major Wall Street firm, Spence, Hotchkiss, Parker and Duryea. 

Soia Mentschikoff is shown with Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. when they were given honorary degrees by Columbia University in 1978.

She then began a career in academia, first with an appointment as visiting professor at Harvard Law School (even before women students were admitted to the Law School), then at the University of Chicago Law School. 

Mentschikoff was the first woman to be elected President of the American Association of Law Schools (1974). In 1974 she was also named Dean of the University of Miami School of Law.


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