CELEBRATING SUFFRAGE - 100 YEARS

Marlene-Trestman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, October 28, 12pm

MARLENE TRESTMAN
Fair Labor Lawyer:
The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin
(LSU Press, Southern Biography Series, 2016)

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Jane Sutter owns Sutter Communications and is the author of two non-fiction books.
She worked as a journalist for more than thirty years, including at the Democrat and Chronicle.  







ABOUT THE BOOK:

Before there was a ​“Notorious RBG,” there was an ​“Audacious Bessie M.” From the New Orleans’s Jewish orphanage in which Bessie Margolin was raised to the United States Supreme Court, Fair Labor Lawyer traces the inspiring journey of the unsung Jewish legal trailblazer who worked tirelessly to protect American workers and their rights.

Over the course of her career, Bessie Margolin defended the New Deal’s Tennessee Valley Authority, drafted the rules for American Military Tribunals for Nazi war crimes at Nuremberg, and became the nation’s first enforcer of the Equal Pay Act and a founder of NOW. Lacking female role models, Margolin used her brains, beauty and Southern charm to overcome antisemitism and sexism, winning respect in a man’s world of law.

Fair Labor Lawyer also reveals facets of Margolin’s carefully guarded private life, including her risky clandestine romances with high-profile government officials who won her heart — but never her hand in marriage.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lawyer-turned-author Marlene Trestman had a personal relationship with Bessie Margolin that grew from common childhood experiences. A former Maryland Assistant Attorney General who received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute to share Margolin’s story, Trestman lives in Baltimore, where she is writing her second book, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans’ Home, 1855 – 1946.

TOPIC: Law, Feminism

TICKETS: $6 

BOOK:
$24 for one copy of
 Fair Labor Lawyer
 

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