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Black, Charles Lund Jr.

Born: 1915 AD
Died: 2001 AD
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.