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Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz at UC Hastings


February 1, 2011 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Join Barbara Babcock as she discusses her new book, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, hosted by the Hastings Women's Law Journal. Professor Babcock is the Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, at Stanford Law School and was the first woman appointed to the regular faculty. Also, she was the first Director of the Public Defender Service in DC and served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division in the Carter Administration. She is also the author of the article Alma Mater: Clara Foltz and Hastings College of the Law, published in the Hastings Women's Law Journal.

Woman Lawyer tells the story of Clara Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar. Famous in her time as a public intellectual, leader of the women's movement, and legal reformer, Foltz faced terrific prejudice and well-organized opposition to women lawyers as she tried cases in front of all-male juries, raised five children as a single mother, and stumped for political candidates. She was the first to propose the creation of a public defender to balance the public prosecutor. Woman Lawyer uncovers the legal reforms and societal contributions of a woman celebrated in her day, but lost to history until now. It casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of California in a period of phenomenal growth and highlights the interconnection of the suffragists and other movements for civil rights and legal reforms.

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