NYLS “Firsts”


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Edith Fisch, author of the treatise Fisch on New York Evidence, was the first female law professor in New York State when she began teaching at New York Law School in 1962. She was also the first woman to earn the J.S.D. degree at Columbia University Law School and the first person ever to earn all degrees awarded by the law school, receiving her LL.B. in 1948, her LL.M. in 1949, and her J.S.D. in 1950. Professor Fisch served as president of the New York Women's Bar Association from 1970 to 1971. Her accomplishments are all the more significant because Professor Fisch had contracted polio at the age of 12 and was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of her life.


Fisch, New York Law School, Female, Woman, Women's Bar


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