Washington Lawyer Tracy Schorn's Q&A With Marlene Trestman, Biographer of Audacious Labor Lawyer Bessie Margolin
"Margolin’s passionate dedication to her life’s work made an indelible impact on American legal history and the lives of ordinary Americans."
"Why has no one made a blockbuster biopic about legal pioneer Bessie Margolin yet? It's got all the plot lines for a humdinger of a tale."
November 29, 2017
Watch the video of Marlene Trestman's "Lagniappe Lecture" about Bessie Margolin's contributions to the Nazi War Crimes Trials in Nuremberg, National World War II Museum, New Orleans LA.
"Trestman's well researched, meticulously documented, and engagingly written book should have wide appeal--to students of the New Deal era, the landmark Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Department of Labor, as well as early twentieth-century Jewish life and culture in Memphis and New Orleans. Most especially [Bessie Margolin's] life is important for anyone interested in gender and the legal profession."
In "clear and often elegant" prose, "Trestman's story of Margolin reveals an amazing woman who not only overcame barriers, but used them as positive stepping stones."
Watch the video: "The Audacious Bessie Margolin: Trailblazing Lawyer,"Rebecca Lubetkin, Morris County New Jersey National Organization for Women, interviews Marlene Trestman on New Directions for Women.
"This is a very well-written and well-crafted biography."
"An important contribution to the history of Jews, gender and labor, Marlene Trestman’s book reminds us of how unexplored the history of Jewish women in the legal profession remains—and how much exciting research lies ahead of us."
April 17, 2017
GW Magazine featured Fair Labor Lawyer in its "Bookshelves" section.
"Trestman's book, like Margolin's career, is truly remarkable."
March 22, 2017
Marlene Trestman, author of "Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin," and Charlotte Margolin, a member of Bessie Margolin's family, talk about the life and career of the only woman on the legal team that defended President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, for Women's History month.
March 15, 2017
"Who are the women who have argued at the U.S. Supreme Court throughout history? Author Marlene Trestman wanted to know."
Julie Silverbrook, "Women and the United States Supreme Court,"History Now -- The Journal of the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History. "Building on the monumental research of Marlene Trestman on behalf of the Supreme Court Historical Society," the author reports that 726 women have argued a total of 1,430 times before the US Supreme Court since Belva Lockwood became the first in 1880. Trestman's research, which identifies the 520 women who argued a total of 938 times at the Supreme Court from 1880 through 1999, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History.
Zeinab Bailoun, "The Legal Content Curator: Bessie Margolin and the Working Woman," Ms. JD.
David I. Grunfeld, "Exceptionally A Lawyer: A Biography of an Incredibly Accomplished Lawyer and Advocate,"Philadelphia Lawyer, Winter 2017.
"This reader very much appreciated the opportunity to get to 'know' and be grateful for a pioneer who made my path a little bit easier."
September 26, 2016
Jewish Women International picks Fair Labor Lawyer among top seven books about Women Worth Knowing.
Melvin I. Urofsky, "Book Review: Fair Labor Lawyer," Southern Jewish History 19: 215-218 (2016), reprinted with permission.
"Bessie Margolin had an amazingly interesting life....We should be grateful for what Trestman has achieved. It is an absorbing story told well."
Watch the video: The Supreme Court Historical Society's Clare Cushman interviews author Marlene Trestman on her new book, "Fair Labor Lawyer."
Tulane University Acquires Bessie Margolin Papers; Biographer Marlene Trestman Organized Collection and Authored Finding Aid, Louisiana Resource Collection Newsletter.
Hon. George T. Anagnost, "Book Review, Fair Labor Lawyer: No Longer the Weaker Vessel,"Arizona Attorney Magazine.
August 31, 2016
Bella Book, "Breaking Glass Ceilings: Bessie Margolin and 'The Woman Card'," Jewesses With Attitude Blog, Jewish Women's Archive.
Connie Savitt Sandler, "Bessie Margolin: A Woman Ahead of Her TIme," Alpha Epsilon Phi Columns Magazine, Summer 2016: 19-21.
July 27, 2016
Suzanne Monyak, "Q&A with Marlene Trestman on Fair Labor Lawyer: SCOTUS Advocate Bessie Margolin Finds Place in History,"National Law Journal.
July 25, 2016
Marlene Trestman, "Willebrandt, Carloss, Margolin and Rosenberg: Four 20th Century Superstars of the Supreme Court Bar," Women Lawyers Journal (National Association of Women Lawyers) 101, no. 2 (July 2016): 18-23.
June 27, 2016
Listen to Mark Klobas of New Books Network interview Marlene Trestman about her biography of Bessie Margolin, Fair Labor Lawyer.
June 18, 2016
Watch Marlene Trestman's presentation about Bessie Margolin at the FDR Presidential Library's Roosevelt Reading Festival on C-SPAN BookTV.
May 21, 2016
Watch C-SPAN Book TV's coverage of the Gaithersburg Book Festival's Trailblazing Women Panel, featuring Bessie Margolin biographer, Marlene Trestman, and Mary McGrory biographer, John Norris. Moderated by MD Senator Cheryl Kagan.
April 26, 2016
Oxford University Press Publishes Marlene Trestman's biography of Bessie Margolin in American National Biography Online.
April 18, 2016
Mike Slater Show, 760 KFMB AM San Diego: Biographer of the Week: Marlene Trestman, Listen to the Interview.
April 8, 2016
Marlene Trestman, "Commentary: Bessie Margolin - Equal Pay Champion," The Daily Record.
April 8, 2016
Leah Eskin, "Q & A: The Pioneering Female Lawyer Who Went From An Orphan's Home to the Supreme Court," The National Book Review.
April 4, 2016
News, "Fair Labor Lawyer by Marlene Trestman," Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit.
April 1, 2016
Andree Blumstein, "Book Review: Fair Labor Lawyer,"Tennessee Bar Journal.
March 30, 2016
Tom Hall and Rob Sivack, "Bessie Margolin: A Chronicle of A Remarkable Life," 88.1 FM WYPR Maryland Public Radio - Listen to the Interview.
March 21, 2016
Hanna Neier, "Fair Labor Lawyer: Bessie Margolin’s Journey from New Orleans Orphanage to Supreme Court Advocate," Lilith.
March 17, 2016
Stephen H. Sachs, "Bessie Margolin: a lawyer, feminist and mentor," The Baltimore Sun.
Op-ed: Baltimore lawyer Marlene Trestman writes Supreme Court advocate Bessie Margolin back into history.
March 11, 2016
"When Two Stories Intertwine: EMBA graduate pens biography of Supreme Court advocate," Loyola University Magazine.
March 10, 2016
Alan Smason, "JCRS Honoree Trestman's 'Fair Labor Lawyer' Being Released by LSU Press," Crescent City Jewish News
March 8, 2016
Susan Larson, The Reading Life with Marlene Trestman,
WWNO 89.9 New Orleans Public Radio - Listen to the interview (begins at 9:12).
Marlene Trestman talks about Fair Labor Lawyer: The Remarkable Life of New Deal Attorney and Supreme Court Advocate Bessie Margolin. Trestman talks about Margolin's success with the Supreme Court and also how writing this book impacted her.
March 5, 2016
Jewish Children's Regional Service, The Jewish Roots of Celebration.
JCRS Honors Former Aid Recipient and Author Marlene Trestman at its Annual Gala. Watch the video of Trestman's remarks.
March 4, 2016
PBS To the Contrary "Trailblazing Attorney Bessie Margolin" - Watch the interview.
Marlene Trestman's new book "Fair Labor Lawyer" tells of Bessie Margolin, a U.S. Department of Labor attorney who argued 24 times before the Supreme Court between 1939 until 1972, winning 21 of them. Executive Producer Cari Stein has the story.
March 1, 2016
Cate Root, "Author Chronicles Accomplishments of Lawyer Bessie Margolin," The New Orleans Advocate
February 25, 2016
Guest Blog, "The Parallel Lives of Two Jewish Orphans: Bessie Margolin and Her Biographer, Marlene Trestman," Hadassah-Brandeis Institute.
October 14, 2013
New Orleans, LA: "Trailblazing Tulane Law Women Tell Extraordinary Tales"
Tulane University Law School showcases several of its pioneering women alumni who have made lasting contributions to law, government and society. Panelists include Marlene Trestman, author of the forthcoming biography of Bessie Margolin (Newcomb '29, Tulane A&S '30, and Tulane Law '30), and Tulane Law alumni Margot Mazeau ('58), Cynthia Shoss ('74), Terry O'Neill ('80), Lynn Luker (81), and Karen Wells Roby (87).
June 28, 2013
Washington, D.C.: On June 28, 2013, as part of the U.S. Department of Labor's Centennial Events, Marlene Trestman presents the Donald S. Shire Lecture, named in honor of Bessie Margolin's distinguished protege who retired in 2006.
June 3, 2013
Trestman receives the Supreme Court Historical Society's Hughes-Gossett Literary Prize for her article on the career of Bessie Margolin. Photo at left reprinted from "The Main Event: Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting, June3, 2013," The Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly, Vol.XXV, No. 3 (2013).
Julie Steinbacher, "The Little Girl From New Orleans," Goucher Quarterly, 24-29 (reprinted with permission of Goucher College).
Watch Washington Lawyer Tracy Schorn's 2018 Q&A with Marlene Trestman here.
Marlene Trestman, 2016 Honoree, delivering remarks at the Jewish Children's Regional Service Annual Gala in New Orleans. Watch the video.
Fair Labor Lawyer was featured in the April 2017 George Washington University magazine
At the Gaithersburg Book Festival's Trailblazing Women panel with Mary McGrory biographer, John Norris. Watch on C-SPAN BOOK TV.
Marlene Trestman receives the Hughes-Gossett Literary Prize from Justice Alito at the June 2013 Supreme Court Historical Society Annual Gala. Supreme Court photo.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby (center) gestures, while Tulane Law School's Pioneering Women panel participants Lynn Luker, Terry O’Neill, Cynthia Shoss and Marlene Trestman listen. Photo by Sally Asher.
Maryland Morning's Tom Hall interviewing Marlene Trestman. Courtesy of WYPR.
Marlene Trestman delivers an address about Bessie Margolin at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY. Watch on C-SPAN BookTV.