Barbara J. Holden-Smith Vice Dean and Professor of Law
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Contact Information

Cornell Law School
124 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-8577
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

Barbara Holden-Smith, recognized for her groundbreaking work in Supreme Court history and practice, currently teaches conflicts, federal courts, civil procedure, advanced civil procedure, and African Americans and the Supreme Court.

After her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School, she spent a year in an Illinois law firm and then entered a clerkship with the Hon. Ann C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Professor Holden-Smith then joined the Washington, D.C. law firm of Arnold & Porter, where she worked for three years in litigation, antitrust, and food and drug law, before she joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1990.

Her scholarship has addressed the legal response to lynching and the fugitive-slave cases. Her scholarly interests include global access to justice, and legal and political responses to historical injustices.


B.A., Lake Forest College, 1973
J.D., University of Chicago, 1984