EJS Mourns the Passing of Barbara Caulfield

It is with deep sorrow that all of us at the Equal Justice Society mourn the passing of Barbara Caulfield, a member of our board of directors.

“Barbara and I met when we were young women at Northwestern University during the 1960s,” said EJS President Eva Paterson. “She was a fighter at that early age and was the first female student body president. After her graduation from law school, she litigated police brutality cases in Chicago. That tooks guts. It was a pleasure to see her develop and grow over time. She was a lovely person and a true friend.”

“It was such an honor to have her join the EJS family. She was working with Reggie Shuford to help us begin our assault on the Intent Doctrine. Her tenacity would have been invaluable to us. Barbara told us that she lost 19 of the first 20 police brutality cases she tried, but that the tide later turned in favor of her clients. We will miss her dearly. I am stunned at this dreadful turn of events. Rest in peace, Barbara. Rest in peace.”

A former United States District Judge in the Northern District of California (1991–1994), Barbara had been a Partner at Kaye Scholer. She was recognized as one of the leading complex intellectual property litigation lawyers for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the country.

Prior to joining Kaye Scholer in July 2010, Barbara served as the Managing Partner of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s Silicon Valley office. She previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Affymetrix, Inc., a biotechnology company in Silicon Valley.

She was selected as one of The Daily Journal’s “Top Women Litigators,” highlighting women working on cutting-edge cases, in both 2009 and 2010.

We extend our deepest condolences to Barbara’s family. She was a true giant in the legal profession, and will be deeply missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Women’s Cancer Resource Center of Oakland (http://www.wcrc.org).

Source: Kaye Scholer

Leave a Reply