Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz

“No one should have to buy justice in a land that boasts that justice is free.”

~Clara Foltz, 1897

Woman Lawyer tells the story of Clara Foltz, the first woman admitted to the California Bar. Famous in her time as a jury lawyer, public intellectual, leader of the women’s movement, inventor of the role of public defender, and legal reformer, Foltz has been largely forgotten until recently. Woman Lawyer not only recreates her eventful life, but also casts new light on the turbulent history and politics of the late nineteenth century and the many links binding the women’s rights movement with other reforms.


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Stanford University Press

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