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College of Law Presents Kormendy Lecture by Columbia Law Professor

Oct 13, 2009
Dr. Barbara Aronstein Black, professor emerita of legal history at Columbia Law School, will speak at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law's Kormendy Lecture in the Moot Court Room (129) on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 11:30 a.m.

Titled "Who Judges? Who Cares? History Now and Then," this event is free and open to the public.

Black taught at Yale University for nine years before joining the Columbia Law School's faculty as professor emerita of legal history in 1984. Two years later, she became dean and the first woman to head an Ivy League law school. Concurrent with her deanship, she served two terms as president of the American Society for Legal History.

Black has focused a great deal of her research on 17th- and 18th-century law, including pieces on judicial independence, judicial review and the constitutional dimension of the American Revolution.

ONU's College of Law established the Kormendy Lectureship in 1987 through an endowment established by Helen E. Kormendy, widow of Dr. Steven W. Kormendy. The Dr. Steven W. Kormendy and Helen E. Kormendy Law Lecture Fund is used each year to bring prominent individuals to campus to address relevant, topical matters of law.

Dr. Kormendy, who died on Jan. 6, 1985, graduated from ONU's College of Law in 1928 and was posthumously awarded an honorary LL.D. degree in 1985. The Ohio State Bar Association honored him for 50 years of law practice, and he was active in the Hungarian community in Cleveland.

Past Kormendy lecturers include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Senator Orin Hatch, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark and Harvard Law School professor David Kennedy.

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