Register in advance. Please join us for a panel discussion with Marlene Trestman and Jill Wine-Banks. Moderated by Magistrate Judge Joan Glazer Margolis.
Marlene Trestman is the author of: Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of Bessie Margolin
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.
Jill Wine-Banks is the author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President
Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, and shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor.
It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women’s movement was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called “the mini-skirted lawyer” by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts and prevailed. At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society.
Moderator Magistrate Judge Joan Glazer Margolis: Joan Margolis was a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She was appointed to the court in 1985, becoming the first female appointed as a magistrate judge for the district. She retired from the court on April 30, 2018.