Recommended Reading

Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun’s Supreme Court Journey by Linda Greenhouse
Becoming Justice Blackmun offers an intimate look into the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun and the landmark cases he presided over during his more than 20 years on the Court. With access to personal documents Blackmun kept throughout his life, Greenhouse provides readers with insight into what Blackmun was thinking during cases such as Roe v. Wade (1973), Bowers v. Hardwick (1986), and Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989). The peek into the correspondence and deliberations among the Justices during trying decisions, in particular, as well as the charting of the relationship between Blackmun and fellow Justice Warren Burger, make this book a worthwhile read for any Supreme Court enthusiast. — Claire Whitman

Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work by Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris
With a focus on communication styles, this book offers advice and practical tools for women to tackle existing gender barriers and become more successful in their work environments. Andie and Al (as they refer to themselves) offer guidance based on their own experiences, sharing corresponding anecdotes along the way. Sometimes, the authors come across as patronizing and suggest that taking the advice described will resolve all issues of gender bias. There is, however, useful advice throughout the book, which readers are encouraged to interpret for themselves and adjust to suit their own circumstances. ­ — Claire Whitman

The Counselors: 16 Conversations with Courageous Women Who Have Changed the World by Elizabeth Vrato '90
In The Counselors, 16 recipients of the American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award — among them Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Janet Reno — share personal stories that will be familiar to many readers. By compiling anecdotes on resilience, discrimination, overcoming boundaries and low expectations, and forging new paths for future generations of women, author Elizabeth Vrato ’90 has made The Counselors into an intimate mentorship guide. The book celebrates a diverse group of women, from different backgrounds and in various areas of the legal profession,. In doing so, it aims to inspire new generations fo women (and women) working toward gender equality. — Claire Whitman
Vrato has kindly offered members of the NYU Law community free access to the e-book version of The Counselors at using the code NYULaw.

Covering by Kenji Yoshino
Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law and the Director of the Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, has woven together a memoir and legal text to produce an intimate and powerful account of (the demand for) covering — whether it be LGBT, racial, or gender-based — and its effect on civil rights. Using the dual languages of law and literature, the book discusses relevant Supreme Court cases, as well as issues of conversion therapy, passing, stereotypes, among others. Yoshino shows the demands placed on different individuals and groups to (not) act or appear a certain way, including on women operating in traditionally male institutions. Covering recognizes the importance of continuing to have conversations in the era of the “new civil rights,” especially if, as Yoshino believes, the law may play a more minor role moving forward. — Claire Whitman