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Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp (Hardcover)

Anna R. Hayes

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ISBN 10: 0807832146 / ISBN 13: 9780807832141
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Hardcover. The first woman judge in the state of North Carolina and the first woman in the United States to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court, Susie Marshall Sharp (1907-.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 559 pages. 0.957. N° de ref. de la librería 9780807832141

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The first woman judge in the state of North Carolina and the first woman in the United States to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court, Susie Marshall Sharp (1907-1996) broke new ground for women in the legal profession. When she retired in 1979, she left a legacy burnished by her tireless pursuit of lucidity in the law, honesty in judges, and humane conditions in prisons.

Anna Hayes presents Sharp's career as an attorney, distinguished judge, and politician within the context of the social mores, the legal profession, and the political battles of her day, illuminated by a careful and revealing examination of Sharp's family background, private life, and personality. Judge Sharp was viewed by contemporaries as the quintessential spinster, who had sacrificed marriage and family life for a successful career. The letters and journals she wrote throughout her life, however, reveal that Sharp led a rich private life in which her love affairs occupied a major place, unsuspected by the public or even her closest friends and family.

With unrestricted access to Sharp's abundant journals, papers, and notes, Anna Hayes uncovers the story of a brilliant woman who transcended the limits of her times, who opened the way for women who followed her, and who improved the quality of justice for the citizens of her state. Without Precedent also tells the story of a complicated woman, at once deeply conservative and startlingly modern, whose intriguing self-contradictions reflect the complexity of human nature.

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"This is a remarkable book about a remarkable woman--an honestly written, well-documented account of the groundbreaking life of Susie Sharp, the first woman in the country to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court and one of the most influential North Carolinians--male or female--of the twentieth century. Energetic, free-thinking, politically astute, charmingly attractive, and with confidence in who she was and what she believed, Susie Sharp scaled every obstacle to female advancement in a legal profession dominated by men throughout her career at the bar. Anna Hayes's rich telling of Susie Sharp's personal and professional lives--not always, it seems, in sync--reveals a woman who is as wonderfully human, caring, and sensitive as she is driven, erudite, and ambitious. I greatly enjoyed this book. For those like me who knew, worked with, and admired Chief Justice Sharp in her later years, it will not only evoke fond memories, it will also be full of surprises."--Jim Exum Jr., Chief Justice, Ret., Supreme Court of North Carolina

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