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San Francisco: Woman Lawyer, The Trials of Clara Foltz


April 7, 2011 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Room Offsite

Queen's Bench invites you to celebrate its 90th Anniversary.

Join Barbara Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita at Stanford Law School, and the first Director of the Public Defender Service in Washington, DC, for a discussion of her new book, Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz.

"Barbara Babcock conjures and brings to life a nearly-forgotten feminist hero. This account of Clara Foltz's rise from an under-educated farmer's wife to an icon of the California women's movement and a national public intellectual is both riveting and strangely familiar. That a single mother of five could have exploded into the hurly-burly world of California in the 1870s and through mastery of the media, manipulation of her public image, and dogged hard work become a national force for early progressive jurisprudence is astonishing. That women in 2011 could have no collective memory of Foltz is tragic. Babcock brings Foltz back to us with great tenderness and subtlety, reclaiming a place in American legal history for a working mother and national thinker who has much to teach us still." Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor at Slate

Followed by a presentation on Queen's Bench History by the Honorable Barbara JR Jones, Presiding Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, and 1983 Queen's Bench President.

Lunch will be provided. The cost is $25 for Queen's Bench members, $30 for non-members, and free to Queen's Bench Emeritus Members. Please see the form to the left under "Related Media" in order to register for this event.

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