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In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocateby Nancy Gertner
Synopses & Reviews
From a Human Rights Hero, a memoir of her illustrious career litigating groundbreaking cases
In the boys' club climate of 1975, NancyGertner launched her career fighting a murder charge against antiwar activist Susan Saxe, one of the few women to ever make the FBI's Most Wanted List. What followed was a storied span of groundbreaking firsts, as Gertner threw herself into criminal and civil cases focused on women's rights and civil liberties.
She writes about representing Clare Dalton, the Harvard Law School professor whofamously sued the school after being denied tenure, and of being one of the first lawyers to introduce evidence of battered women's syndrome in a first-degree murder defense. Gertner writes about a client suingher psychiatrist after he had sexually preyed on her, and another who sued her employers at Merrill Lynch--she had endured strippers and penis-shaped cakes in the office, but the wildly skewed distribution ofclients took professional injury too far. All of these were among the first cases of their kind.
Gertner brings her extensive experience to bear on issues of long-standing importance today: thegeneral evolution of thought regarding women and fetuses as legally separate entities, possibly at odds; the fungible definition of rape and the rights of both the accused and the victim; ever-changing workplace attitudesand policies around women and minorities; the concept of abetting crime. In Defense of Women is the one-of-a-kind memoir of an exceptional, self-proclaimed outsider lawyer.
Recounts the self-proclaimed outsider lawyer's experiences from her early days as a trial attorney through becoming a U.S. District Court judge.
About the Author
\Nancy Gertner was appointed a Federal District Judge by President Clinton in 1997 and serves on the bench for the District of Massachusetts. A graduate of Barnard College and Yale Law School, she has taught at Yale Law School, Boston College Law School, Boston University School of Law, and Harvard Law School.
Table of Contents
The revolutionary and the radical lawyer — The all women team — Saving her life, inventing mine — You want me? I want you! — Psychiatry, malpractice and feminism — The right to choose all of life's roles — Choosing love and work — Fighting at city hall — Work and babies — A "real" feminist — A "so-called" feminist — Sexual harassment pays : sex discrimination doesn't — Glass ceilings at the school of law — Murder and racism — From red dress to black robe.
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