Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita
The first woman appointed to the regular faculty, as well as the first to hold an endowed chair and the first emerita at Stanford Law School, Barbara Babcock is the author of Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, published in 2011 by the Stanford Press. The book has notes and indexes online with extensive materials on early women lawyers at the Women's Legal History website.
In addition to her pioneering research on women in the legal profession, Babcock is also an expert in criminal and civil procedure and has taught courses and published in both fields. Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1972, she served as the first director of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. On leave from Stanford, she was assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Carter administration. Professor Babcock is a distinguished teacher, being a four-time winner of the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford Law School. Upon her graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Henry Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and worked for the noted criminal defense attorney, Edward Bennett Williams.