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Rebels at the Bar The Fascinating, Forgotten Stories of America’s First Women Lawyers by Jill Norgren

I've just started reading Jill Nogren's recently released book, Rebels at the Bar, and couldn't wait to share. The book gives us an in-depth look at the careers of eight notable women--the first female attorneys in the United States. I want to  invite Ms. JD readers, volunteers, and program participants to read along with me--and to share reviews, general thoughts, and questions!As an added bonus, Ms. JD readers will receive 20% off when purchasing the book from NYU Press. The promo code is REBEL13Here's a little more about the book:In Rebels at the Bar, prize-winning legal historian Jill Norgren recounts…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: Presumed Equal, by: Lindsay Blohm and Ashley Riveira

Presumed Equal: What America's Top Women Lawyers Really Think About Their Firms, by: Lindsay Blohm and Ashley Riveira The book featured this week in the Ms. JD Summer Book Series is slightly different than most others. Presumed Equal has been published based on anonymous responses from female associates and partners at 105 of America's top law firms. The purpose of the book itself is to provide current, first-hand observations of 'women at the top' in America's law firms. The topics covered in this book include everything from work-life balance, advancement and mentoring, to gender discrimination and firm leadership. Because the…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules, by: Mona Harrington

Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules, by: Mona HarringtonMona Harrington, a lawyer, tackles issues that face women lawyers head on in 'Women Lawyers: Rewriting the Rules.' According to Harrington, women lawyers "are on dangerous ground," in that they are connected with the the male legal establishment and to women as a larger group, but are not at ease within either group. This is an interesting premise on which to base her writing, and Harrington expands on this idea through the compilation anecdotes and experiences taken from interviews with more than 100 female attorneys. Harrington gives a great deal of attention to…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: Flux, by: Peggy Orenstein

Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Love, Kids, & Life in a Half-Changed World One of the great discussions that women today have, not only on the Ms. JD forum, but also among friends, at work and with their families is how they are going to "have it all." And, perhaps more importantly, what "having it all" means for them. In 'Flux', Peggy Orenstein explores these questions and more, through a narrative based on a compilation of conversations she has had with over two hundred women, at varying stages of life. Ranging in age from twenty-five to forty-five, these women have…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: Sandra Day O’Connor, By: Joan Biskupic

Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice, By: Joan BiskupicIn this biography of Sandra Day O'Connor, author Joan Biskupic takes the reader through the life of O'Connor, from her early days on the Lazy B Ranch through her time on the Supreme Court. Biskupic portrays O'Connor as a sharp-witted, intelligent, and lively member of the Supreme Court. As a longtime court observer and journalist, Biskpuic is able to reveal much about O'Connor's life due to the use of the justices' once private papers. The author specifically pays attention to O'Connor as…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: The Lion, the Fox & the Eagle, by: Carol Off

The Lion, the Fox & the Eagle, By: Carol OffAfter the failure of peacekeeping missions in both Sarajevo and Rwanda in the 1990s, Louise Arbour, a Canadian judge, was tasked with the mission of bringing the perpetrators of these international crimes to justice. She was appointed to the position of Chief Prosecutor for War Crimes in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia and undertook the tremendous task of prosecuting international criminals in the United Nations Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. Carol Off's book consists of three parts. The first two parts deal with two Canadian generals: Lewis MacKenzie, who…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: The Majesty of the Law, By: Sandra Day O’Connor

The Majesty of the Law: Reflections of a Supreme Court Justice, By: Sandra Day O'ConnorIn this book, former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor employs anecdotes, personal advice and Supreme Court cases to analyze the evolution of the law, the functioning of the Court, and her life as a Justice. This work is as a much a historical narrative of the American legal tradition, as it is the story of the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.While O'Connor does not focus exclusively on the history of women in the law, she devotes much attention in this book…

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Ms. JD Summer Book Series: Pinstripes & Pearls, By: Judith Richards Hope

Pinstripes & Pearls: The Women of the Harvard Law Class of '64 Who Forged an Old Girl Network and Paved the Way for Future GenerationsAuthor Judith Richards Hope, a member of the Harvard Law Class of '64, states in the introduction to her book:"[W]e didn't fully understand what we were getting into - what obstacles we would encounter, what trails we would blaze.... We just knew, from an early age, that we wanted both to serve our country, help make our world a little better and a little safer - and to marry; rear honest, happy children; and lead fulfilling…

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