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SISTERS IN LAW

POPULAR CULTURE FEATURING WOMEN ATTORNEYS

SELECTED RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH

Please note: I update these pages when I can, frequently without the assistance of a research assistant. If you think material here is helpful, please let me know.

If you know of material that should be included here and is not, please also let me know. Don't just criticize me in print or elsewhere for failing to include it. Frankly. IMHO, that's just unfair.

Last updated 10/02/2014

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"A woman's place is in the House--and the Senate."

Joanie Caucus is a fictional character, but she isn't in a novel or a film, or a tv series. She's a character in the comic strip "Doonesbury," and she earned her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1977. Of course.

NOVELS

This section includes mainstream novels and genre fiction (mysteries, romance, romantic suspense, thrillers).  As you read and watch, ponder these questions: why are the women in these novels and shows so often district attorneys or public defenders, or disaffected sole practictioners? Why can't they find the right guy (except in romance novels and light comedies)? Do these novels, films and tv series reflect real life? Is Ally McBeal the Real Deal? [In addition, here's a list of women lawyer novels from the Monroe County Public Library, Monroe County, Indiana].

 

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Authors: Collections

Some titles provided by Kris Ramsdell.

WEBSITES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

FILMS FEATURING WOMEN ATTORNEYS. This section includes both feature films and documentaries, including those intended for vocational guidance and historical use.

TELEVISION SHOWS FEATURING WOMEN ATTORNEYS

DOCUMENTARIES

 


WEBSITES

Michael Kahn's webpage is available at www.mysterypages.com/MSkahn.html. He is a St. Louis-based trial lawyer.

An interview with Carolyn Wheat is available at www.lit-arts.com/sinc_chap1/spot0398.shtml. Wheat is an attorney and one of the founding members of Sisters in Crime.

Lia Matera's home page is available at www.scruz.net/~lmatera/liamatera.html.

Lisa Scottoline graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981, clerked and practiced as a trial lawyer before turning to writing. 

See also general websites such as Law-Related Fun Stuff, Wisconsin Bibliographies: Women Mystery Writers, Lawyer Briefs, The Mysterious Home Page: Themes, Lawyers and Film, Friends of the Court: Lawyers and Judges

Websites devoted to romance and romantic suspense fiction include About Romance Fiction and Romantic Suspense http://www.romancefiction.about.com/arts/romancefiction/mbody.htm; the Romance Novel Database at http://www-personal.si.umich.edu/~sooty/romance/romance.html; Romance Novel Studies at http://acs.eku.edu/~inrfox/romancemain.htm; Resources on Romantic Fiction and the Law at http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/~llou/romance.html

Mystery readers can find further information at Mystery Readers ‘ Corner: The Softer Side of Murder at http://www.autopen.com/Mystery.shtml.

 

 


 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Women Lawyers in Film and Television

Women in Film and Television

Books and Articles on Specific Television Shows and Films

Other Lists of Women Lawyers in Popular Culture

Women Lawyers: A Bibliography

FILMS FEATURING WOMEN ATTORNEYS

TELEVISION SERIES FEATURING WOMEN ATTORNEYS

VOCATIONAL FILMS AND DOCUMENTARIES

Please note: I update these pages when I can, frequently without the assistance of a research assistant. If you think material here is helpful, please let me know.

If you know of material that should be included and is missing, please also let me know. Don't just criticize me in print or elsewhere for failing to include it. Frankly. IMHO, that's just unfair.

 

 

Specific Fictional Attorneys and Their Creators

 

Coffman, Carrie S., Gingerbread Women: Stereotypical Female Attorneys in the Novels of John Grisham, 8 Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies 73 (1998)

Edwards, Martin, Legal Mysteries, 140 New L.J. 1734 (December 7, 1990). On the writing of Sarah Caudwell, whose sleuth is the androgynous Hilary Tamar.

Isaac, Frederic, Investigator of Mean Rooms: A Profile of Julie Smith, 15 Clues 1 (Spring/Summer 1991). Julie Smith's female lawyer detective is San Francisco based Rebecca Schwartz.

McRae, Susan, The Law "Powers" Her Writing Style, L. A. Daily J., December 8, 1994, at 1. Discussion of the writing of Mimi Lavenda Latt.

Morton, James, Queen of Crime, 140 New Law Journal 1537 (1990).On Frances Fyfield and her female lawyer sleuth, Helen West.

Taylor, Art, Blood Kin and Bloody Kin: Villainy and Family in the Works of Margaret Maron, 27 Armchair Detective 20 (Winter 1994). A study of the author of the Judge Deborah Knott novels. Also see:

Taylor, Art, Sister-in-Crime: An Interview with Margaret Maron, 2 N. Car. Lit. Rev. 61 (Spring 1994).

Wise, Daniel, How a Lawyer for the State Made "Yuppie" a Common Word, 194 New York Law Journal 1 (September 20, 1985). On lawyer Marisa Piesman and her novels.

General Works on Women Lawyers in Literature and Popular Culture

Dixon, Marian, In Portia's Footsteps: Women Lawyers In Literature, 24 University of Western Australia Law Review 68 (July 1994).

Legal History

A Timeline of Women's Legal History

Women's Legal History Bibliography Project (Stanford University)

 

Off the Subject (But Interesting)

Marfua Tokhtakhodjaeva, Traditional Stereotypes and Women’s Problems over the Period of Transition

 




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