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Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz:  A Conversation with Barbara Babcock in New York


May 23, 2011 6:30pm - 8:00pm

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Professor Babcock will discuss her new book and its connection to the movements for women's rights and for public defense.

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."

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Hosted by Rise Norman '88 and Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett L.L.P. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and guests are welcome, but advanced registration is required. To register for this event click here.

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