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Mentschikoff, Soia

Zipporah Wiseman

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Mentschikoff, Soia (02 April 1915–18 June 1984), lawyer, co-drafter of the Uniform Commercial Code, law professor, and dean, was born in Moscow, Russia, the daughter of Roman Sergei Mentschikoff and Eugenia Ossipov. Fleeing the 1917 Russian revolution, Mentschikoff’s father, an American citizen, took his family to New York City, where he worked as a typewriter salesman and her mother took in fine sewing. Mentschikoff attended the New York public schools and Hunter College, receiving her A.B. in 1934. She then enrolled in Columbia Law School in a class that was 7 percent women. She worked in the registrar’s office and as a research assistant to her contracts professor, ...

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