BARRED FROM THE BAR

A HISTORY OF WOMEN AND THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Garza (African Americans and Jewish Americans, 1995, etc.) presents a thorough and well-researched history of pioneering women lawyers and their struggle for the right to practice law, in this entry in the Women Then—Women Now series. The book opens by recounting how, in 1873, Myra Bradwell's application for a lawyer's license in Illinois was turned down. Her case was appealed to the US Supreme Court and turned down again, on the basis that women should be only wives and mothers. In 1951, when future Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor graduated from Stanford third in her class, she could not find a job as a lawyer. More recently, Robert Shapiro's comment about opposing counsel Marcia Clark in the Simpson trial was, reportedly, ``Great legs!'' Garza makes clear that African-American and Hispanic women have had to overcome even greater hurdles in the legal profession; this discussion sometimes diffuses the focus of the book. Throughout, a moderate tone lends credibility to Garza's thesis: Despite great adversity and ridicule, women are succeeding in their fight to overcome the roadblocks in the legal profession. Garza's book is hopeful and inspirational, certain to lead some YAs to consider a future in law. (b&w photos, notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14+)

Pub Date: May 1, 1996

ISBN: 0-531-11265-9

Page Count: 224

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1996

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TOP LAWYERS AND THEIR FAMOUS CASES

According to Emert, the eight lawyers profiled in this book all shared a ``commitment to the causes of justice, fairness, and equality.'' Andrew Hamilton, John Adams, and Abraham Lincoln played prominent leadership roles in American history. Belva Lockwood, the first woman lawyer to appear before the US Supreme Court, assisted the Cherokee Indians in their monetary claim against the government. Clarence Darrow (the Scopes trial), Robert H. Jackson (the German war-crimes trial), and Joseph Welch (the McCarthy hearings) exemplified lawyers whose trial skills were at the highest levels. Morris Dees, co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center and ``the first attorney to file suit against a racist organization,'' has won substantial monetary judgments against the Ku Klux Klan and the White Aryan Resistance; his work continues today. Emert (All That Glitters, 1995, not reviewed, etc.) presents legal theories in clear and concise language; the tone is intentionally admirable in keeping with the book's goal of counteracting the negative image of lawyers. It meets and surpasses that goal, hands down. (b&w photos, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 14+)

Pub Date: Aug. 8, 1996

ISBN: 1-881508-31-5

Page Count: 160

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1996

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FROM THE HEART

LIGHT-HEARTED VERSE

In the same delicately precise style and brilliant colors of his Bizarre Birds and Beasts (1991), Marsh paints plants and animals cleverly posed to form hearts as integral parts of the decorative designs illustrating his ``light-hearted verse'': a ram's horns (``Warm-Hearted,'' concluding, ``...I must declare that I love ewe''); the space between two hippos' open jaws (``Big-Hearted''); an autumnal pear (pair) tree (``Change of Heart''); a barbed-wired frame, dripping blood and entwined with roses, with tiny cupids to sharpen points and also offer bandaids (``Empty-Hearted''). The accompanying verses are neatly scanned and spiced with ironies, puns, and—occasionally—odd facts: ``Here's a most romantic thing; / Dragonflies mate on the wing! / When secure in their embrace, / Procreation's taking place.'' This should be a hot item in bookstores for Valentine's Day; it also suggests some creative uses for art or poetry classes. (Poetry/Picture book. YA)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 1993

ISBN: 0-8037-1449-1

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1992

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