Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of Americaas First Women Lawyers

Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of Americaas First Women Lawyers

by Jill Norgren


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ISBN-13: 9780814758625
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Pages: 286
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

is Professor
Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, The
City University of New York. She is the author of several books, including Rebels at the Bar: The Fascinating,
Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers
(NYU, 2013), and Belva Lockwood: The Women Who Would Be
(NYU, 2007).

Table of Contents

1 The Women’s War
2 White Knights and Legal Knaves
3 Myra Bradwell: The Supreme Court Says No
4 Lavinia Goodell: “A Sweeping Revolution of Social Order”
5 Belva A. Lockwood: The First Woman Member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar
6 Clara Foltz’s Story: Breaking Barriers in the West
7 Not Everyone Is Bold: Mary Hall and Catharine Waugh McCulloch in Conversation
8 Lelia Robinson and Mary Greene: Two Women from Boston University School of Law
9 Law as a Woman’s Enterprise
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In this pathbreaking account, Rebels at the Bar enlarges our understanding of women’s entrance to the legal profession. With telling detail and lively prose, Jill Norgren profiles the courage, resilience, and challenges of America’s first women lawyers. This is a compelling story and essential reading for anyone interested in women’s role in legal history."-Deborah L. Rhode,Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

"I read these stories of the first generation of women lawyers with awe and gratitude. We are all in their debt—and in Jill Norgren's, too, for recovering this forgotten history."-Linda Greenhouse,Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow, Yale Law School

"Bold, brave women with musical old-fashioned names—Myra, Clara, Belva, Lelia, Lavinia—are among the subjects of this lively and readable account of the first women lawyers. Some were famous in their times, but all were forgotten until recently when female attorneys started seeking their history, and found a Boswell in Jill Norgren."-Barbara Babcock,Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School

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