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Rebels at the Bar : The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America''s First Women Lawyers

By: Norgren, Jill.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: New York : NYU Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (287 p.).ISBN: 9780814758632.Subject(s): Women lawyers -- United States -- Biography | Women lawyers -- United States -- History -- 19th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Rebels at the Bar : The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America''s First Women LawyersDDC classification: 340.092/520973 | 340.092520973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; Contents; Preface; 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 Memberof the U.S. Supreme Court Bar; 6. Clara Foltz's Story: Breaking Barriers in the West; 7. Not Everyone Is Bold: Mary Hall and CatharineWaugh McCulloch in Conversation; 8. Lelia Robinson and Mary Greene: Two Womenfrom Boston University School of Law; 9. Law as a Woman's Enterprise; Epilogue; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N
OP; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; About the Author
Summary: "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   In Rebels at the Bar , prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts the life stories of a small group of nineteenth century women who were among the first female attorneys in the United States. Beginning in the late 1860s, these determined rebels pursued the radical ambition of entering the then all-male profession of law. They were motivated by a love of learning. They believed in fair play and equal opportunity. They desired recognition as professionals and the ability to earn a good living.   Through a biographical approach, Norgen presents the common struggles of eight women first to train and to qualify as attorneys, then to practice their hard-won professional privilege. Their story is one of nerve, frustration, and courage. This first generation practiced civil and criminal law, solo and in partnership. The women wrote extensively and lobbied on the major issues of the day, but the professional opportunities open to them had limits. They never had the opportunity to wear the black robes of a judge. They were refused entry into the lucrative practices of corporate and railroad law.Although male lawyers filled legislatures and the Foreign Service, presidents refused to appoint these early women lawyers to diplomatic offices and the public refused to elect them to legislatures.   Rebels at the Bar expands our understanding of both women's rights and the history of the legal profession in the nineteenth century. It focuses on the female renegades who trained in law and then, like men, fought considerable odds to create successful professional lives. In this engaging and beautifully written book, Norgren shares her subjects' faith in the art of the possible. In so doing, she ensures their place in history.   Jill Norgren  is Professor Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College, and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She is the award winning author of many articles and books, including  Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President  ( NYU Press, 2007);  The Cherokee Cases; and American Cultural Pluralism and Law  (with Serena Nanda). 
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Cover; Contents; Preface; 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 Memberof the U.S. Supreme Court Bar; 6. Clara Foltz's Story: Breaking Barriers in the West; 7. Not Everyone Is Bold: Mary Hall and CatharineWaugh McCulloch in Conversation; 8. Lelia Robinson and Mary Greene: Two Womenfrom Boston University School of Law; 9. Law as a Woman's Enterprise; Epilogue; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N

OP; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; About the Author

"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   In Rebels at the Bar , prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts the life stories of a small group of nineteenth century women who were among the first female attorneys in the United States. Beginning in the late 1860s, these determined rebels pursued the radical ambition of entering the then all-male profession of law. They were motivated by a love of learning. They believed in fair play and equal opportunity. They desired recognition as professionals and the ability to earn a good living.   Through a biographical approach, Norgen presents the common struggles of eight women first to train and to qualify as attorneys, then to practice their hard-won professional privilege. Their story is one of nerve, frustration, and courage. This first generation practiced civil and criminal law, solo and in partnership. The women wrote extensively and lobbied on the major issues of the day, but the professional opportunities open to them had limits. They never had the opportunity to wear the black robes of a judge. They were refused entry into the lucrative practices of corporate and railroad law.Although male lawyers filled legislatures and the Foreign Service, presidents refused to appoint these early women lawyers to diplomatic offices and the public refused to elect them to legislatures.   Rebels at the Bar expands our understanding of both women's rights and the history of the legal profession in the nineteenth century. It focuses on the female renegades who trained in law and then, like men, fought considerable odds to create successful professional lives. In this engaging and beautifully written book, Norgren shares her subjects' faith in the art of the possible. In so doing, she ensures their place in history.   Jill Norgren  is Professor Emerita of Political Science at John Jay College, and the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She is the award winning author of many articles and books, including  Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President  ( NYU Press, 2007);  The Cherokee Cases; and American Cultural Pluralism and Law  (with Serena Nanda). 

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Norgren (political science, emerita, John Jay Coll., CUNY; Belva Lockwood: The Woman Who Would Be President) here tells the stories of America's first female attorneys and the obstacles they faced in educating themselves, being admitted to practice law, and launchning their careers. She begins by exploring the legal situation of women in the United States at the end of the Civil War, when activists hoped that women would gain the right to vote. The author then discusses the laws that kept women from owning property and the prevailing attitudes that kept them out of the legal profession, among other careers. Women's suffrage, civil rights, and social justice are common themes in the lives of each of the figures Norgren profiles. She does an admirable job of depicting the prevailing culture of the times and the ways these lawyers were able to transcend it. VERDICT Shedding light on a little-known chapter of American history and the women who blazed the trail for today's attorneys, this will be most enjoyed by students of history, women's studies, and law, along with interested general readers. Recommended for public, school, and small college libraries.-Becky Kennedy, Atlanta-Fulton P.L. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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