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Bessie Margolin: a lawyer, feminist and mentor

Bessie Margolin: a lawyer, feminist and mentor

Just in time for Women's History Month, Baltimore lawyer Marlene Trestman — a Goucher College graduate and former special assistant to the Maryland attorney general — presents us with a biography of Bessie Margolin, a pioneering advocate in the Supreme Court of the United States from the dawn of the New Deal to the first term of Richard Nixon.

Although separated by a half century, both Margolin and Ms. Trestman were raised as orphans in New Orleans, wards and beneficiaries of Jewish philanthropy. Both received scholarships to the Isidore Newman School, which counts judges, writers and the Manning football brothers among its...