Woman lawyer : the trials of Clara Foltz
- Barbara Babcock.
- Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2011.
- Physical description
- xv, 370 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
At the library
- Babcock, Barbara Allen.
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Becoming a lawyer, 1878-1880
- Making a living, 1880-1890
- Moving on a larger stage, 1890-1895
- Changing locations, 1895-1911 : New York, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles
- Clara Foltz as public thinker
- Working for political equality
- Inventing the public defender
- Conclusion : victory roses.
Woman Lawyer tells the story of Clara Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar. Famous in her time as a public intellectual, leader of the women's movement, and legal reformer, Foltz faced terrific prejudice and well-organized opposition to women lawyers as she tried cases in front of all-male juries, raised five children as a single mother, and stumped for political candidates. She was the first to propose the creation of a public defender to balance the public prosecutor. Woman Lawyer uncovers the legal reforms and societal contributions of a woman celebrated in her day, but lost to history until now. It casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of California in a period of phenomenal growth and highlights the interconnection of the suffragists and other movements for civil rights and legal reforms.
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- Trials of Clara Foltz
- Index available on the Women's Legal History website.
- 9780804743587 (cloth : alk. paper)
- 0804743584 (cloth : alk. paper)
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