Black, Charles Lund Jr.

Born: Sep 22, 1915 AD
Died: 2001 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Lawyers, Professors

1915 - Born on the 22nd of September in Austin, Texas.

1935 - Graduated from the University of Texas majoring in Greek.

1938 - Obtained a Masters Degree in English from the University of Texas.

         - Enrolled at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he did graduate work in Old and Middle English.

         - Entered the Yale Law School.

1943 - He received his LL.B. from Yale Law School.

         - Served in the Army Air Corps as a teacher.

         - Practiced law for a year with the New York firm of David, Polk, Wardwell, Sunderland & Kiendl.

1947 - He became a professor of law at the Columbia University Law School.

1954 - Co-author of the Supreme Court brief in Brown v. Board of Education. He was also involved in other civil rights cases in the South.

1955 - He began writing poetry at the age of 40. His three published volumes are Telescopes and Islands, Owls Bay in Babylon and The Waking Passenger.

1956 - He joined Yale Law School as its first Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence.

1957 - He co-authored with Yale Law School classmate, Grant Gilmore the book The Law of Admiralty.

1971 - An avid fan of Louis Armstrong, Professor Black held an "Armstrong Evening" at the Law School from the time of the jazz musician's death this year.

1974 - Impeachment: A Handbook was published this year during the Watergate scandal.

1975 - The Law of Admiralty was reissued this year.

1975-1986 - Appointed Sterling Professor of Law.

         - In the late 1970's, Blund acted in a few professional theatrical performances at Yale. He starred as Ciceron in the Yele Repertory Theatre's production of Julius Ceasar.

1986 - Retired as professor in Yale when his wife, Barbara Aronstein Black, became dean of the school.

1986-1999 - Returned to Columbia Law School and served as adjunct professor of law.

1999 - A New Birth of Freedom: Human Rights, Named and Unnamed was published this year. Impeachment: A Handbook was reissued this year during the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton.

2001 - Charles L. Black, Jr. died on 5th of May at his home in Manhattan after a long illness.

         - Author of about a dozen law books and three volumes of poetry including The People and the Court, The Occasions of Justice, Structure and Relationship in Constitutional Law, The Tides of Power: Conversations on the American Constitution (with Bob Eckhardt), Decision According to Law, and Capital Punishment: The Inevitability of Caprice and Mistake.
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