Black, Charles Lund Jr.
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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