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Woman Lawyer, The Trials of Clara Foltz: A Conversation with Barbara Babcock (Portland)


November 10, 2011 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Room Offsite

Professor Barbara Babcock will discuss her new book and its connection to the movements for women's rights and for public defense. The Law School's Judge John Crown Professor, Emerita, Professor 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.

Copies of Woman Lawyer are available for purchase in advance through Stanford University Press for a 30% discount. We recommend purchasing the book this way if you want Barbara to personalize it for you at the event as no books will be available onsite. To purchase, please see "Related Media" to the left, fill out the order form, and mail to:

ATTN: David Jackson
Stanford University Press
1450 Page Mill Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1124

Light refreshments will be served and the event is free, but registration is required. Guests are welcome.


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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