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Babcock’s many former students – of which I am one – have been known to describe her profound influence with the words of Justice Holmes: “Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire.” This wonderful book will show you why.
Stanford Law School Professor Barbara Babcock’s life has been rich with varied experiences. Born to an endearing and talented small town lawyer whose alcoholism plagued his life, she followed his path into the law and made it her own. She combined brilliance with charisma, persuading reluctant top law firms and the best law schools to hire her, their first woman, and skeptical juries to hold prosecutors’ feet to the fire. When she tried cases, the courtroom seats were full. Her winning combination was not theatrical fireworks, but hard work and empathy for her clients, which was infectious. She created the best public defender service in the country and inspired a generation of young lawyers to do outstanding work. As the head of the Civil Division in the U.S. Justice Department under President Jimmy Carter, she worked to make “justice,” rather than victory, the goal. As a law professor, she has been a role model for hundreds of young men and women who are now making history of their own.
For anyone contemplating a career in law or concerned about where to start in reforming our legal system, Babcock’s honest tale is a good place to start. It is also just a good read, rich in detail that gives the reader insight not only into a life in the law, but life itself.
Janice Cooper, Yarmouth, Maine
But aside from that, the book is just really interesting and entertaining - a quick read. I only wish it were more detailed and had more pages, as every page in the book flew by.