Free Justice

Important new history published June 2020. Includes focus on the organized legal profession’s role and attitudes.

Item details

Focus organization: University of North Carolina (UNC) Press
Publisher: University of North Carolina (UNC) Press
Date (approx.): Jun 8, 2020
Actual title: "Free Justice: The History of the Public Defender in Twentieth-Century America"
Creator: Mayeux, Sara
Format: Book
State: MA, National, NY, and PA
Law type: Criminal
Topics: Public defense
Content availability: Info only
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Last modified: 2023-01-02 04:55


Sara Mayeux, "Free Justice" book cover


“This is an excellent work of legal history that speaks to the present as we systemically think about the connections between poverty, race, incarceration, and the criminal justice system.”
—Felice Batlan, author of Women and Justice for the Poor: A History of Legal Aid, 1863–1945

“A brilliant book that should be read by everyone interested in the dimensions of the contemporary American legal regime.”
—Hendrik Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Emeritus, Princeton University

“Free Justice marks the dazzling debut of a supremely gifted legal historian.”
—Justin Driver, author of The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind

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