Curriculum Vitae

Barbara Allen Babcock
Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita
Stanford Law School

Stanford, California, 94305


2004 – Present
Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita
Stanford Law School

1972 – 2004
Professor, Stanford Law School
First woman appointed to the regular faculty (1972) Ernest W. McFarland Chair, 1979 -1998 Judge John Crown Chair, 1998 – 2004

Subjects: Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Women’s Legal History

1977 – 1979
Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. (Presidential appointment, on leave from Stanford)

1968 – 1972
Director, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
First Director of Public Defender Service

1966 – 1968
Staff Attorney, Legal Aid Agency for the District of Columbia
(Predecessor to the Public Defender Service)

1964 – 1966
Associate, Edward Bennett Williams, Washington, D.C.

Law Clerk, Judge Henry W. Edgerton, (USCA-DC Cir.)


A.B., University of Pennsylvania
Phi Beta Kappa
Valedictorian, College for Women
Woodrow Wilson Scholar

LL.B., Yale Law School
Order of the Coif
Yale Law Journal
Harlan Fiske Stone Prize for best oral argument in the first year


Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, 1999 ABA nationwide career award

Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1980, 1984, 1998, 2004
Stanford Law School
Awarded by the graduating class

Honorary Degrees: University of Puget Sound School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law

Society of American Law Teachers Award for Distinguished Teaching and Service


On Clara Foltz

Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz (Stanford University Press)

Women’s Legal History Biography Project (with the Robert Crown Library staff)
Professor Babcock’s biographical and archival work, together with
biographical chapters by her students and other materials on pioneering women lawyers in the United States.

Chapters and Articles

Book Chapter Reconstructing the Person: The Case of Clara Shortridge Foltz in REVEALING LIVES; AUTOBIOGRAPHY, BIOGRAPHY AND GENDER ( Susan Groag Bell and Marilyn Yalom, eds., 1990).

Book Chapter – Inventing the Public Defender in NOBLE PURPOSES (Norman Gross, ed.   2007)

Babcock, Alma Mater: Clara Foltz and Hastings College of the Law, 21 Hastings Women’s Law Journal 99 (2010)

Babcock, Falling Into Feminism: A Personal History, Memoirs (forthcoming 2016).

Babcock, Inventing the Public Defender, 43 American Crim. L. Rev.1267 (2006).

Babcock, Women Defenders in the West, 1 Nevada Law Review 1 (2001)

Babcock, Feminist Lawyers, 50 Stanford Law Review 1689 (1998).

Babcock, Clara Shortridge Foltz: ‘First Woman’ 30 Arizona Law Review 673 (1988), Reprinted with a new introduction in 28 Valparaiso Law Review 1291 (1994).

Babcock, Western Women Lawyers, 45 Stanford Law Review 2179 (1993)

Babcock, Clara Shortridge Foltz: Constitution-maker,” 66 Indiana Law Review 849 (1991).


Babcock, Massaro and Spaulding, Civil Procedure: Cases and Problems (3d edition, 2006).  Previously Babcock and Massaro, Civil Procedure: Cases and Problems, Aspen Law and Business, 2001): Previous Editions:
Babcock and Massaro, Little Brown & Co. (1997): Carrington and Babcock (1976, 1979, 1983).

Babcock et al., Sex Discrimination and the Law: History, Practice and Theory, Little, Brown & Co. (1976, First Ed. 1996, Second Ed.).

Babcock, In Defense of the Criminal Jury Versions in Jeffrey Abramson, ed., Postmortem: the O.J. Simpson Case (1996); Tamara Roleff, ed., The Legal System (Opposing Viewpoints) (1996); “Protect the Jury System; The Judge Was The Problem, L.A. Times (10/8/95).

Babcock, Jury Service and Community Representation Verdict, The Brookings Institution (1993).


Babcock, The Duty to Defend, 114 Yale Law Journal 1489 (2005)

Babcock, Lefstein to the Defense, 36 Indiana Law Review 13 (2003)

Babcock, A Real Revolution, 49 Kansas Law Review 719 (2001)

Babcock, A Place in the Palladium: Women’s Rights and Jury Service, 61 Cincinnati Law Review 1139 (1993).

Babcock, Defending the Government, 23 John Marshall Law Review 2 (1990).

Babcock, Taking the Stand, 35 William and Mary Law Review 1 (1993).

Babcock, Defending the Guilty, 32 Cleveland State Law Review 175 (1983-84).

Babcock, Fair Play: Evidence Favorable to An Accused and Effective Assistance of Counsel, 34 Stanford Law Review 1133 (1982).

Babcock, Gary Gilmore’s Lawyers, 32 Stanford Law Review 865 (1980).

Babcock, Voir Dire: Preserving Its Wonderful Power, 27 Stanford Law Review 545 (1975).

Babcock, A Pioneering Woman Lawyer, The National Law Journal (2011)


Babcock, Public Defender Movement: A Reminder of Justice Denied, San Jose Mercury News (February 26, 2006)

Babcock, Hiibel Revisited – Apocalyptic Constitutional Moment Ahead, Slate Magazine (March 10, 2004)

Babcock, Preserving the Jury’s Privacy, New York Times (July 24, 2002)

Babcock, Pioneer Attorney’s Feminism Ennobled Her Legal Efforts, 115 Los Angeles Daily Journal 6 (February 8, 2002)

Heredia, How Stanford Law Professor Blazed Trails, San Francisco Chronicle (August 13, 2004)

Rogers, Winning Ways, Stanford Alumni Magazine

A pioneering woman lawyer

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