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Beatrice Morrow Cannady – Oregon Experience

New DVD: Title: Beatrice Morrow Cannady [videorecording] / a co-production of Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Oregon Historical Society. Imprint: Portland, OR : Oregon Public Broadcasting, c2007. Note: “Beatrice Morrow Cannady was a leading African-American civil rights activist in Portland … Continue reading

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Alma Mater: Clara Foltz and Hastings College of the Law

Alma Mater: Clara Foltz and Hastings College of the Law by Barbara Babcock 21 Hastings Women’s Law Journal 99 (2010) “Clara Foltz once called herself a “sort of mother” at Hastings.  But her child was unruly and ungrateful in its … Continue reading

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Agents of (Incremental) Change: From Myra Bradwell to Hillary Clinton

“Agents of (Incremental) Change: from Myra Bradwell to Hillary Clinton” by Gwen Hoerr Jordan 9 Nevada Law Journal 580 (2009) “In this Article, the author asserts that after the Civil War, when the race and gender hierarchies that ordered American … Continue reading

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Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp

Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp, By Anna R. Hayes A fascinating woman and her story is the subject of a new book from UNC press.  To learn more about Justice Sharp, in addition to reading this new … Continue reading

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New Book: Rough Road to Justice

Rough Road to Justice: The Journey of Women Lawyers in Texas, by Betty Trapp Chapman.  TexasBarBooks:  [Dallas], 2008. A new book that I can wait to see…We just ordered this.  To learn more, there are excerpts of the book available … Continue reading

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Outsiders Within

New Book: Outsiders Within: Black Women in the Legal Academy after Brown v. Board / by Elwood Watson. Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. Chapter 2 starts off with a (brief) look at the earliest of African American women law professors.

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How to Do Biography

An interesting addition to any class on Legal History:  Nigel Hamilton’s How to Do Biography: A Primer (Harvard University Press, 2008). The book has a handy chapter on researching your subject, but I found the suggestions for framing and shaping … Continue reading

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A Conversation Among Legal Biographers

In the most recent issue of Focus on Law Studies, there is a feature entitled, “A Conversation Among Legal Biographers.” Both Jill Norgren (Belva Lockwood’s biographer) and Joan Biskupic (Sandra Day O’Connor’s biographer) are interviewed in the article. Norgren describes … Continue reading

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Carol Los Mansmann

The Fall 2007 issue of the Duquesne Law Review is a special issue focusing on the life and work of the Honorable Carol Los Mansmann (Judge on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit). The contents of the … Continue reading

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New Face of Women’s Legal History

The Akron Law Review (Volume 41, No. 3, 2008) has a special symposium issue dedicated to the “New Face of Women’s Legal History.” The articles include: “Introduction to the Symposium” by Tracy A. Thomas “The Ladies’ Health Protective Association:  Lay Lawyers … Continue reading

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