Click here to watch Marlene Trestman's presentation at the JCRS Jewish Roots Jubilee.
Marlene Trestman discusses her experience as first-time author at Women's Daily Post event at Baltimore's Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Fair Labor Lawyer Bessie Margolin prompted lively discussion at a special joint meeting of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute "Conversations" book groups from
Baltimore and Howard Counties.
Trestman answers questions about pioneering lawyer Bessie Margolin from Catholic University's Columbia School of Law students.
Trestman reading excerpts of Fair Labor Lawyer and book-in-progress Most Fortunate Unfortunates at Baltimore's "Writers & Words" Reading Series, August 2019 .
Contextualizing the Jewish Orphan Experience,
presented by the Center for Jewish History
Monday, May 10 at 4 pm EST.
^ Notorious RBG? Meet Audacious Bessie Margolin. Trestman, center, joins Economic Policy Institute's Ross Eisenbrey, Labor Solicitor Patricia Smith, Fatima Goss-Graves of the National Womens Law Center, and Sally Greenberg of the National Consumers League.
^ Trestman joins Yale Law Professor and NYT columnist Linda Greenhouse.
^ Marlene Trestman signs copies of
Fair Labor Lawyer at the National Press Club's 2016 Authors' Night.
Monday, May 10, 2021 - Virtual - Book Talk - Contextualizing the Jewish Orphan Experience: Bernice Lerner's All the Horrors of War and Marlene Trestman's Most Fortunate Unfortunates, Center for Jewish History, 4 pm EST. Register HERE - Pay What You Wish.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - Virtual - Book Talk - Supreme Court Historical Society - Second Wednesday Lecture. 12 noon EST.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - Virtual - Book Talk - Edward A. Myerberg Center Men's Group, "The Bagel Boys." 10 am EST.
Check back soon for additional events.
Past Events - 2016
Sunday, March 6, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Isidore Newman School, 1903 Jefferson Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70115, 11 am. This event is presented by the Jewish Children's Regional Service.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Book Talk & Luncheon, Tulane University Law School, 11:30 - 12:30 pm.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St, New Orleans, LA 70115, 6 pm.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Tulane University Book Store, 31 McAlister Dr, New Orleans, LA 70118, 12 noon.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - Book Talk, United States Department of Labor, Women's Bureau, Washington, D.C., 12 noon - 1 pm.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Goucher College, Batza Room, Ungar Athenaeum, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204, 7 pm.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 9:45 to 10 am (EDT). Tune in to 88.1 FM WYPR, Maryland's Public Radio, to hear Tom Hall, host of Maryland Morning, interview Fair Labor Lawyer author Marlene Trestman.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, University of Baltimore School of Law, Twelfth Floor, 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, 7 pm. This event was presented by Enoch Pratt Free Library's Writers LIVE Series, in partnership with the University of Baltimore Law School Center for Applied Feminism and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing, Greetings & Readings, Hunt Valley Towne Centre, 118-AA Shawan Rd, Hunt Valley, MD 21030, 1-2:30 pm.
Monday, April 11, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Bar Association of Baltimore City, Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse, Room 504, Baltimore, MD, 12:30 pm.
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - Panel Presentation, 13th Annual Baltimore CityLit Festival, Baltimore, MD at 5:00 p.m. Writing the Biography: Barbara Paca (Ruth Starr Rose (1896- 1965): Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World); Marlene Trestman (Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin), and Danielle Shapiro (John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life). Hosted by WYPR reporter and senior news producer Mary Rose Madden.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - Panel Presentation, HoganLovells US LLP, Baltimore MD. "Shaping History: Women in Appellate Litigation. Former Special Assistant to the Maryland Attorney General and Bessie Margolin biographer Marlene Trestman joined the Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and Cate Stetson, a member of HoganLovells's Global Board and co-director of its Appellate Practice Group.
Sunday, May 15, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Professional Women's Group Retreat (Private Event), Baltimore MD, 2 pm.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Chizuk Amuno Congregation Sisterhood Closing Dinner, 2100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore MD 21208, 6:30 pm.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - Panel Presentation, "Trailblazing Women," Gaithersburg Book Festival, Gaithersburg, MD. The panel also included John Norris, author of Mary McGrory: First Queen of Journalism, and will be moderated by Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan. The panel was televised by C-Span2 BookTV.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - Marlene Trestman made her 2-minute pitch at the Jewish Book Council Network's "Meet the Authors" event in New York City to promote Fair Labor Lawyer to Jewish book programmers from around the country.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238, 7:30 pm.
Sunday, May 29, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing, Barnes & Noble, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, 1- 3 pm.
Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Professional Women's Book Group (Private Event), Baltimore, MD. 8 pm.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 - Panel Presentation, "Trial By Fire: Lessons from Publishing a First Biography," Biographers International Organization 7th Annual Conference, Richmond, VA.
Sunday, June 5, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing, The BIO Book Bash at the Hardywood Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, Richmond, VA 23220. 12:00 to 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 12 noon - 1 pm.
Friday, June 10, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing, CNBC Store (immediate left of Security Checkpoint A), BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, Baltimore MD 21240, 11 - 3 pm.
Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Shavuot Yom Limmud Book Talk, Congregation B'nai Israel, 27 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD, 2:30-3:15 pm.
Wednesday and Thursday, June 15 & 16, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing at the 2016 Maryland State Bar Association Joint Bench/Bar Conference, Clarion Resort Fountainebleau Hotel, Ocean City, MD. On Wednesday from 1 to 7:30 pm; Thursday from 7:30 am to 2 pm.
Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Roosevelt Reading Festival, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, New York 12538, 2 pm.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - Guest Speaker, The Hamilton Street Club, Baltimore, MD, 12 noon.
Friday - Sunday, June 24-26, 2016 - Meet & Greet/Book Signing, National Organization for Women 50th Anniversary Conference, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Monday, July 18, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Luncheon, Hogan Lovells US LLP, 555 Thirteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004, 12 noon.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Coalition of Women's Initiatives in Law, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, 620 Eighth Avenue, New York, New York 10018, 6 pm.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Opening Luncheon, Brandeis University National Committee, Baltimore Chapter, Suburban Club, 7600 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208, 11 am.
Thursday, September 8, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Fall Speaker Series, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore MD 21208, 7 pm.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - Guest Speaker, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, D.C. Circuit, Washington, DC, 5 pm.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Guest Speaker, Women's Book Group, Baltimore, MD, 9:30 am.
Sunday, September 25, 2016 - Baltimore Book Festival, Inner Harbor, Baltimore MD. At 4 pm, at the Inner Harbor Stage. Marlene and Steve Sachs, former United States attorney for Maryland and former state attorney general, discussed Bessie Margolin, and her relevance to today's glass-ceiling breakers.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT, 6 pm. This event, was sponsored by the Yale Law Library and Yale Law Women. Trestman was joined by former New York Times Supreme Court correspondent Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School's Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence and Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Notorious RBG? Meet Audacious Bessie Margolin, Book Talk & Panel Commentary, Economic Policy Institute, 1225 Eye Street, NW, Washington, DC, 11:30 am. Joining Trestman were: Sally Greenberg, Executive Director of the National Consumers League; Fatima Goss Graves, Senior Vice President for Program at the National Women's Law Center, and United States Solicitor of Labor, Patricia Smith.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 - Panel Presentation: "From Bargaining Table to Side Bars: Two Lives in Pursuit of Fair Labor," Marlene Trestman and Phil Cohen, Humanities Tennessee's Southern Festival of Books, Nashville Public Library - Conf. Room 2, Nashville, TN, 2:30-3:30 pm.
Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 - Biographies of Extraordinary Women: Authors Marlene Trestman and Anne Boyd Rioux Discuss Fair Labor Lawyer Bessie Margolin and Lady Novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson, Book Talk & Signing, Louisiana Book Festival, State Capitol, House Committee Room 3, Baton Rouge, LA, Talk 11-11:45 am; Signing 12-12:45.
Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 - Coffee and Conversation with Marlene Trestman '74, Isidore Newman School Alumni Association, New Orleans, LA, 10 am.
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 - Presentation, "Jewish Orphans of the Southern Hinterland: The Geographic and Social Journeys of the Children Who Lived in New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans Home, 1856-1946," Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference, Natchez, MS, 10:30 am.
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Houston ERJCC Annual Jewish Book & Arts Fair, Houston, TX, 4 pm.
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 - "Trailblazing Women," attorney/author Marlene Trestman and psychotherapist/author Frieda Birnbaum discuss their books, Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, Atlanta, GA, 10:30 am.
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Senior Lawyers Section, Maryland State Bar Association, MSBA Center, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD, 12 noon.
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 - 39th Annual Book Fair & Authors' Night, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20045, 5:30 - 8:30 pm.
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - Book Talk & Signing, Kehila University, Congregation Kehila Chadasha, Bethesda, MD, 10 am to 12 noon.
Past Events - 2017
Thursday, January 19, 2017, Book Talk & Signing, Tulane Law School, New Orleans LA, 2 pm.
Thursday, January 19, 2017, Remarks, Annual Meeting, Association for Women Attorneys, New Orleans LA, 7 pm.
Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Charles Houston Community Writers, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria VA 22314, 12:30 pm.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - Local Authors Literary Event, Edlavitch JCC of Washington DC, 1529 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036, 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Book Talk, National Labor Relations Board, 1015 Half Street, SE, Washington DC, 20570, 11.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Women's Bar Association of Maryland - Harford County Chapter, Liberatore’s 562 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air, MD 21014, 5 pm.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Equal Pay Day Author's Panel with ACLU Attorney Gillian Thomas, author of Because of Sex: One Law, Ten Cases, and Fifty Years That Changed American Women's Lives at Work, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; 2001 K Street, NW; Washington, Washington, DC 20006 6:30-8:30 pm.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Friends of the Pikesville Library Guest Lecture Series, Pikesville Library, Pikesville MD, 2:30-3:30 pm.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Edward A. Myerberg Center, 3101 Fallstaff Road, Baltimore MD 21209, 2 pm.
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Annapolis Book Festival at The Key School, 534 Hillsmere Drive Annapolis MD 21403, 10 am.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Conversations, Bethesda MD, 7:30 pm.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Mid-South, Memphis Jewish Community Center, 6560 Poplar Ave, Memphis TN 38138, 2 pm.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Conversations, Baltimore MD, 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - The Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland, Inc., The Simon Sobeloff Jewish Law Society, and the Women's Bar Association of Maryland, Baltimore Carroll Chapter presents "Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Different Times, Different Challenges," a panel discussion of the challenges facing women attorneys and how they were overcome featuring: The Honorable Angela Eaves, Administrative Judge, Circuit Court for Harford County, 2015-Present; The Honorable Barbara H. Howe, Ret., Administrative Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore County, 1992-1997; and Marlene Trestman, Esq., Author of Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin. The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore MD 21201, 6 pm.
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax VA 22031, 12 noon.
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Panel Presentation, Writing About Unknown Subjects, Biographers International Organization Annual Conference, Emerson College, Boston MA, 10 am.
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Book talk & signing, League of Women Voters of Baltimore County, Annual Meeting & Luncheon, Country Club of Maryland, Stevenson Lane, Towson MD, 12 noon. Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Guest Speaker, Annual Board Meeting, Central Scholarship, Baltimore MD, 4:30 pm.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Women's Law Caucus, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 12:15 pm.
Monday, September 18, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Lansdowne Woods Clubhouse - Monroe Auditorium, 19375 Magnolia Grove Square, Leesburg VA, 10:30 am.
Monday, October 2, 2017 - Book Talk & Signing, Hadassah Lunch & Learn, Baltimore MD, 11 am.
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - Panel Presentation: Women and the Supreme Court, National Archives, William McGowan Theater, Washington DC, 7 pm.
A panel of judges, lawyers, and experts will explore the legacy of the four women who have served and the 726 women who have argued before the United States Supreme Court. Moderated by Amy Howe, the co-founder of SCOTUSblog, panelists include Judge Patricia Millett, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Deanne Maynard, co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice; Sarah Harrington, Partner, Goldstein & Russell, P.C.; and Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin.
Presented by the National Archives in partnership with The Constitutional Sources Project (ConSource).
Friday - Sunday, November 3-5, 2017 - Presentation: "“The Religious Education of the Children of New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans Home, 1856-1946," 42nd Annual Conference of the Southern Jewish Historical Society, American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, OH.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Lagniappe Lecture: "Bessie Margolin and the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials," National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA, 12 noon - 1 pm, with book signing to follow. Co-sponsored by the Law Library of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society and the Anti-Defamation League of New Orleans.
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - A Conversation With Author Marlene Trestman: Legal Trailblazer Bessie Margolin, Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, Professional Affinities Event, Miles & Stockbridge, 100 Light Street, 5th Floor, Baltimore MD, 12:30 - 1:30 pm.
Past Events - 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Guest Lecture, Prof. Paula Monopoli's Law and Society Seminar, University of Maryland, College Park MD, 3 pm.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Book Talk & Signing, Dallas Jewish Historical Society Annual Lecture Series, Dallas Jewish Community Center, 7800 Northaven Road, Dallas TX, 7 pm.
March 7 - 12, 2018 - Interviews in Dallas and Houston. With funding from the Texas Jewish Historical Society, I will be in Dallas and Houston, with possible stops in between, to interview former residents of New Orleans Jewish Orphans' Home and their descendants for my forthcoming book, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: The History of New Orleans's Jewish Orphans' Home 1856-1946. If you or a close relative are a Home alumnus living in or near Dallas or Houston, please contact me to set up an interview.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Panel Presentation, Unfinished Business: The Fair Labor Standards Act 80 Years Later, co-sponsored by the National Consumers League and the American Constitution Society, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington DC.
Friday - Sunday, May 18-20, 2018 - Biographers International Organization Conference, Leon Levy Center for Biography, at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets, New York NY, 10016.
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Panel Moderator: Writing About Friendship In Biography. Eleanor Roosevelt was said to have had a “talent for friendship.” How does a biographer view his or her subject through the particular lens of friendship? What are the challenges and rewards of examining friendships in subjects’ lives? This panel of biographers will discuss how writing about Eleanor and her female relationships outside of her marriage to FDR enriched their portraits of the subject.
Moderator: Marlene Trestman; Panelists: Patricia Bell-Scott, Blanche Wiesen Cooke, and Brigid O’Farrell. 4:15 pm, BIO Conference (see above).
Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Workshop Presentation: The Craft of Interviewing – Marlene Trestman and James McGrath Morris. What goes into a productive research interview? Geared for novice biographers as well as seasoned authors seeking to hone their skills, co-presenters James McGrath Morris and Marlene Trestman will share practical tips and model techniques to prepare for and conduct effective interviews, present various ways to record interviews and make transcripts, and discuss legal and ethical issues involved in conducting interviews and quoting from the interviews. 9 - 11 am, BIO Conference (see above).
Monday, October 8, 2018 - Book Talk & Signing, Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series, New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA, 70115, 11:45 am.
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - Book Talk & Signing, Wranglers' Law Club, 14 West Hamilton Street Club, Baltimore, MD 21201, 6 pm.
Friday, October 26, 2018 - Panel Presentation, "Ties that Bind: The Vital Relationship Between New Orleans’s Jewish Orphans’ Home and Alabama’s Jewish Communities.” Using previously untapped primary sources, newspaper accounts, and oral histories, Trestman explores the ways in which the New Orleans’s Home was a philanthropic focus for many Alabama Jews, including congregations, clergy, and benevolent organizations. This mutually important relationship, which dates back to the 1850s, unified and elevated Alabama’s Jewish communities, while raising their neediest children as patriotic American Jews. Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference, Spring Hill College Student Center, Leblanc Conf. Room, 4000 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 36608, 11 am - 12:30 pm.
Past Events - 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - Women's Daily Post discussion group, Taylor Royall, 6247 Falls Road, Baltimore MD 21209, 6 pm.
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - Goucher College's Inaugural Authors Fair, Ungar Athenaeum, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore MD 21204, 4:30-6:30 pm.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - Writers & Words: A Reading Series, Charmington's, 2601 Howard Street, Baltimore, MD, 21218, 7 pm.
Monday, October 7, 2019 - Laura Lippman's Lady in the Lake Book Launch & Panel Discussion, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater, 7 South Calvert Street, Baltimore MD 21202, 6:30 - 9 pm.
Women's Daily Post is celebrating the launch of Laura Lippman's newest novel, Lady in the Lake, with readings by Laura, followed by a discussion among a panel of authors, Marlene Trestman, Jerdine Nolen and Debra Diamond, moderated by author Marion Winik, sharing the paths they've taken to become published authors.
Friday, November 8, 2019 - Lecture: "The Life and Times of Bessie Margolin," Osher Lifetime Learning Institute (OLLI), American University, Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20116, 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - "Through the Lens of Feminist Legal Biography" - Panel Discussion, American Society for Legal History, 2019 Annual Meeting, Boston Park Plaza, Boston MA , 10:45 am - 12:15 pm.
Panelists: Constance Backhouse, Women's Education and Research Foundation of Ontario (Biographer of Canadian Female Jurists); Jane De Hart, University of California- Santa Barbara (Biographer of Ruth Bader Ginsburg); Marlene Trestman, Independent Researcher (Biographer of Bessie Margolin) Pnina Lahav, Boston University School of Law (Biographer of Golda Meir); and Leandra Zarnow, University of Houston, Department of History (Biographer of Bella Abzug).
Past Events - 2020
Friday, January 17, 2020 - Fair Labor Lawyer Book Talk & Signing, Bipartisan Policy Center's Women's Network, 1225 Eye Street, NW, Washington DC 20005, 12 noon.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Fair Labor Lawyer Book Talk and Signing, The Lecture Group, Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore MD 21208, 11 am.
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS - May 28-31, 2020 - Roundtable on Feminist Legal Biography, "The Big Berks" - Berkshire Conference of Women Historians' 2020 Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities," Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD.
The Roundtable features biographers Jane DeHart (Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg), Tomiko Brown-Nagin (Federal Circuit Judge Constance Baker-Motley), Constance Backhouse (Canadian Supreme Court Justice Claire L'Heureux Dube), Pnina Lahav (Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir), and Marlene Trestman (U.S. Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin).
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - Fair Labor Lawyer Book Talk (Virtual), 28th Lane Dworkin Rochester Jewish Book Festival -- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, 12 noon Eastern.
Join author and former journalist Jane Sutter and me for a discussion of Fair Labor Lawyer, my biography of legal trailblazer Bessie Margolin.
Thursday, November 12, 2020 - Fair Labor Lawyer Book Talk (Virtual), Florida JCCs Book and Author Series, 1 pm Eastern.
This event, presented through a partnership of six JCCs* in Florida, features Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer, and NYT's reporter Jennifer Steinhauer, author of The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress. Sheila Katz, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, will moderate the discussion.
*Alper JCC of South Miami; Galbut Family JCC of Miami Beach; Adolph & Rose Levis JCC of Boca Raton; David Posnak JCC of Fort Lauderdale; Roth JCC of Orlando; and Michael-Ann Russell JCC of North Miami.
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - New Orleans's Jewish Orphans' Home - Conversation (Virtual), The Museum for the Southern Jewish Experience, 7 pm Central/8 pm Eastern.
Join MSJE curator Anna Tucker for a conversation with Marlene Trestman about Trestman's forthcoming book, Most Fortunate Unfortunates: New Orleans's Jewish Orphans' Home, 1855-1946, and Home artifacts that were considered and selected for the MSJE's opening exhibitions. They'll also discuss Supreme Court advocate and Home alumna Bessie Margolin and her legacy in light of the recent death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Past Events - 2021
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - Judaism, Law, and Social Change - Presented by the California Lawyers Association Racial Justice Committee in partnership with Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco and the Orange County Jewish Bar Association. This online panel will explore the role that Jewish lawyers have played in social justice efforts from the Civil Rights Movement to the labor movement. Panelists will share stories of tackling inequality and antisemitism, and discuss how Jewish faith and culture inspired their careers in public service.
Speakers: Stan Levy, founding Executive Director of Public Counsel, Seth Brysk, Anti Defamation League Regional Director for the Central Pacific Region, and Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer
Moderator: Leif Dautch, former California Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Division
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - Virtual - Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer, and Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President. Moderator: Magistrate Judge Joan Glazer Margolis was a federal magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. She was appointed to the court in 1985, becoming the first female appointed as a magistrate judge for the district. She retired from the court on April 30, 2018.
JCC of Greater New Haven, 1 pm EST.
Monday, March 8, 2021 - Virtual - Trailblazing Women, Then and Now - Book Talk (Virtual), Bender JCC of Greater Washington & Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia, 5 pm EST. This program, honoring International Women's Day, features Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer, NYT's reporter Jennifer Steinhauer, author of The Firsts: The Inside Story of the Women Reshaping Congress, and Janice Kaplan, author of The Genius of Women: From Overlooked to Changing the World. Moderated by Susan Sloan, Assistant Director, AJC, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - Virtual -Ceiling Breakers and History Makers: A Legacy of Jewish Women and Justice - Baltimore Festival of Jewish Literature. 7 pm EST. In celebration and honor of Women’s History month and the International Women’s Day and inspired by the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, join authors, Elaine Weiss, Marlene Trestman, and Debbie Levy for a virtual conversation about women who made their passion, profession, and purpose to seek justice and repair the world.
Monday, March 22, 2021 - Virtual - In celebration of Women’s History Month join the JCCNS for a panel discussion featuring authors Janice Kaplan, The Genius of Women, Marlene Trestman, Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin, and Jill Wine-Banks, The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President. Moderated by Shelley Sackett, attorney, freelance journalist, and former editor of the Jewish Journal. Jewish Community Center of the Northshore (Marblehead, MA), 7 pm EST.
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - Virtual - Book Talk - The Remarkable Jewish Trailblazer Bessie Margolin. Merage Jewish Community Center of Irvine County (CA), 1 pm EST.
Sunday, April 11, 2021 - Virtual - Keynote Presentation - Jewish Children's Regional Service 75th Anniversary Jubilee Gala - 6 pm CST/7 pm EST.
Monday, May 3, 2021 - Virtual - Marlene Trestman, author of Fair Labor Lawyer, and Jill Wine-Banks, author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President, Mayerson JCC of Cincinnati, 7 pm EST.