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Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz in DC


May 19, 2011 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Room Offsite

Professor Babcock will discuss her new book and its connection to the movements for women's rights and for public defense. The Judge John Crown Professor, Emerita, Babcock was the first woman appointed to the regular faculty at Stanford Law School (in 1972) and won many teaching awards over her thirty years at the Law School. She was the First Director of the Public Defender Service in DC before coming to Stanford and on leave in 1977-80 served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division in the Carter Administration. Babcock was one of the first woman associates of famous trial lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, founder of the law firm Williams & Connolly, which is hosting this event.

Copies of Woman Lawyer will be available for purchase, and Professor Babcock will be signing books. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is graciously hosted by Steve Urbanzyck, JD '74 and Williams & Connolly LLP. Guests are welcome but registration is required. Please click here to register.

Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, and one of Barbara Babcock's former students wrote about Woman Lawyer: "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."