A Courtroom of Her Own: The Life and Work of Judge Mary Anne Richey

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Carolina Academic Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 361 pages
A Courtroom of Her Own is more than just a biography of a contemporary path-breaker in law. Atwood's book is a challenge to the theories of cultural feminists that women judges will bring inherently "female" values or predictably "feminine" perspectives to the law. Through her exploration of the life and work of Mary Anne Richey, Atwood shows the complexity and uniqueness of Richey's gender identity as well as her judicial identity. The milestones of her judicial career ranged from ground-breaking civil liberties decisions to "law and order" rulings in criminal cases that met with reversal on appeal. As the book reveals, categorical assumptions about women judges don't fit the reality of Richey's multi-faceted performance on the bench.

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Chapter One An Indiana Girlhood
Chapter Two The World Beyond
Chapter Three Tragedy and Triumph

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