Women and justice for the poor : a history of legal aid, 1863-1945 / Felice Batlan, IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
xv, 232 pages, 4 pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Studies in legal history.
Formatted Contents Note
Part I. A Female Dominion of Legal Aid, 1863-1910. 1. The origins of legal aid ; 2. The Chicago experience: the maturation of women's legal aid Part II. The Professionalization of Legal Aid, 1890-1921. 3. Of immigrants, sailors, and servants: the Legal Aid Society of New York ; 4. Reinventing legal aid Part III. Dialogues: Lawyers and Social Workers, 1921-45. 5. Constellations of justice ; 6. Compromises Conclusion.
"This book re-examines fundamental assumptions about the American legal profession and the boundaries between 'professional' lawyers, 'lay' lawyers, and social workers. Putting legal history and women's history in dialogue, it demonstrates that nineteenth-century women's organizations first offered legal aid to the poor and that middle-class women functioning as lay lawyers, provided such assistance. Felice Batlan illustrates that by the early twentieth century, male lawyers founded their own legal aid societies. These new legal aid lawyers created an imagined history of legal aid and a blueprint for its future in which women played no role and their accomplishments were intentionally omitted. In response, women social workers offered harsh criticisms of legal aid leaders and developed a more robust social work model of legal aid. These different models produced conflicting understandings of expertise, professionalism, the rule of law, and ultimately, the meaning of justice for the poor"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
KF336 .B38 2015
9781107084537 hardback 1107084539 hardback 9781107446410 paperback 1107446414 paperback