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Fish Raincoats: A Woman Lawyer's Life
     

Fish Raincoats: A Woman Lawyer's Life

by Barbara Babcock
 

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The life and times of a trailblazing feminist in American law. The first female Stanford law professor was also first director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, one of the first women to be an Assistant Attorney General of the United States, and the biographer of California's first woman lawyer, Clara Foltz. Survivor, pioneer, leader, and fervent

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The life and times of a trailblazing feminist in American law. The first female Stanford law professor was also first director of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, one of the first women to be an Assistant Attorney General of the United States, and the biographer of California's first woman lawyer, Clara Foltz. Survivor, pioneer, leader, and fervent defender of the powerless and colorful mobsters alike, Barbara Babcock led by example and by the written word--and recounts her part of history in this candid and personal memoir.

"For woman lawyers, Barbara Babcock has led the way. How? By being smarter and tougher than the men; also, more empathetic and self-aware. Funny, shrewd, and telling, her memoir 'Fish Raincoats' is a joy to read."
-- Evan Thomas, author of 'Being Nixon: A Man Divided'

"An immensely engaging, articulate and detail-rich memoir from a pioneer who helped forge the path for women in the legal profession. Barbara Babcock taught, mentored and inspired generations of law students to look beyond the billable hour; she has chronicled her times--the modern Women's Movement, the challenges and characters she met along the way--with insight, humility and grace."
-- Thelton E. Henderson, Senior U.S. District Judge, San Francisco

"'But men are writing the history!' Barbara Babcock thought to herself in response to a sexist comment about women in the law years ago. Not anymore. Babcock spins her formidable legal career into insightful stories about how she made her way and made her field her own. The best kind of personal history."
-- Emily Bazelon, author of 'Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy'

"Life will afford you no better sherpa on the extraordinary journey women have taken in the legal profession than Barbara Babcock. From her description of her career in DC courtrooms, to her role in the battle to defeat the Bork nomination, and her pathbreaking biography of another woman 'first,' she is the same warm and generous storyteller and narrator who welcomed untold numbers of new students to Stanford Law School and assured us all that we indeed had a place in the life of the law. This should be required reading for anyone who isn't certain that they have a place at the lawyers table. Babcock's amazing life has made a space for so many of us. Her story will do the same."
-- Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate

A compelling new addition to the Journeys & Memoirs Series from Quid Pro Books; also available in paperback and clothbound editions. Quality digital formatting includes linked notes, active Contents, active URLs in notes, and all the original images from the print edition.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940157119614
Publisher:
Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date:
08/01/2016
Series:
Journeys & Memoirs , #20
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
1,232,905
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Barbara Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, at Stanford University, is the first woman appointed to the regular faculty at Stanford Law School. She served as an Assistant Attorney General and was the first Director of the Public Defender Service in Washington, D.C. She is the author of WOMAN LAWYER: THE TRIALS OF CLARA FOLTZ.

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