Bolin, Jane Matilda
1908 - 2007

Details
Born: 4/11/1908 in Poughkeepsie, New York
Died: 1/11/2007
Ethnicity: African American/Black
Professional Facts

Practice Area:
Family Law
Regions and States of Practice:
NY, Northeast
Legal Education:
Yale Law School, 1931
Other Education:
Wellesley College (1928)
Positions During Her Career:
Private practitioner in New York City (1933-1937)
Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, serving on the Domestic Relation Court (1937-1939)
Judge of the Domestic Relations Court (1939-1979)
Presided over the Family Court of the State of New York
Firsts:
African-American woman graduate of Yale Law School (1931)
African-American woman to be admitted to the New York bar (1932)
African-American woman to be hired as an Assistant Corporation Counsel (1937)
African-American woman judge in the United States (1939)


Further Research Materials

References:
Honorable Jane Bolin, the first Black woman judge!
Honorable Jane Bolin, the first Black woman judge!, The African American Registry, available at: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/honorable-jane-bolin-first-black-woman-judge
Black Women Judges: The Historical Journey of Black Women to the Nationís Highest Courts
Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Black Women Judges: The Historical Journey of Black Women to the Nationís Highest Courts, 53 Howard Law Journal 645 (Spring 2010)
Smith, J. Clay (John Clay), Emancipation : The Making of the Black Lawyer, 1844-1944. Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press (1993)
Jessie Carney Smith (Editor), Notable Black American Women. Detroit : Gale Research (1992)

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