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For Black History Month, a Yale woman of many firsts

It's quiet here in the Storm—er, Elm—City, as Yale and New Haven continue to dig out from a record-setting 34 inches of snow (and, now, rain on top). A perfect time to reflect on Black History Month.

All month, the Yale Black Alumni Association is publishing a Facebook series on black history at Yale. In today's installment: Jane Matilda Bolin ’31LLB, "the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School and the first in the United States to become a judge." 

The Yale Law School Association gave Bolin its Medal of Merit in 1994, and the Yale Black Law Students' Association has named an alumni award after her.

"Judge Jane Bolin lived a life of firsts: the first black woman to graduate from Yale Law School, to join the New York City Bar Association, to act as a lawyer for New York City, to sit on the bench,”  said the Law School's then-dean, Harold Hongju Koh, on Bolin's death in 2007 at the age of 98(!). "She entered new environs fearlessly, exploded old myths, and helped transform American law with her pioneering spirit."


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