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Marlene Trestman

A former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General, Trestman wrote Fair Labor Lawyer to restore legal trailblazer Bessie Margolin (1909-1996) to her rightful place in history. Trestman is the 2012 winner of the Supreme Court Historical Society’s Hughes-Gossett writing award and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, and American Jewish Archives. She lives in Baltimore and is currently writing the history of New Orleans's Jewish orphanage (1855-1946), which provided shelter and opportunity to Margolin and more than 150 other Tennessee children in need.

 

Current Book: 
Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin