Betsy Levin

Associate Professor, 1973-1976, Professor of Law, 1976-1981


Betsy Levin was the first tenured woman on the faculty at Duke Law.  Her primary interests focused on education, local government, and constitutional law.  While she was on the Duke Law faculty she was also a Residential Fellow at the National Institute of Education and General Counsel at the Department of Education.  Levin authored and edited several books on education and school financing such as Future Directions for School Finance Reform in 1975 and The Courts as Educational Policymakers and Their Impact on Federal Programs in 1977.  Levin served on several committees on education, educational financing, and women's rights including the ACLU.

Levin completed her AB degree at Bryn Mawr in 1956.  For the next ten years she was a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.  In 1966 Levin obtained an LL.B. at Yale, where she was Topics Editor of the Yale Law Review.  From 1968 to 1973 she worked at the Urban Institute and began teaching as a guest lecturer or adjunct. 

In 1981 Levin became Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School, a position she held until 1987.  Levin remained on the Colorado faculty until 1993.  She served as the executive director of the Association of American Law Schools from 1987 to 1992.  Levin continued to teach in a variety of adjunct and visiting professor positions until her retirement in 2009.

Sources:

Duke University, School of Law, Bulletin of Duke University School of Law [serial]

Levin, Betsy, 2009-2010 AALS Directory of Law Teachers 914

Richard Runyan, Betsy Levin: Blazing the Tenure Trail, Fall 1997 Duke Law Magazine [perma.cc/E65W-MSCJ] 25

Courses Taught

Constitutional Law

Urban Problems

Seminar in Organization, Financing, and Governance of Public Schools

State and Local Government (Urban Problems)

Seminar in Public Schools