October 22, 2008
Former Justice Betty Roberts to Discuss Her Memoir at Oregon Law October 29
Oregon’s first female Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts will discuss her recently published memoir, With Grit and By Grace: Breaking Trails in Law and Politics, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 29, in Knight Law Center 142. Roberts’ memoir tells the captivating story of her rise from a Depression-era childhood on the Texas plains to become a teacher, lawyer, state legislator, candidate for governor, and an Oregon Supreme Court Justice.
Her commitment to overcoming obstacles to women’s equality began in the 1950s when she did what was socially unacceptable and returned to college as a 32-year-old wife and mother. Since that time, Roberts held a successful 13-year tenure as a legislator in which she was instrumental in the passage of Oregon’s first legalized right to abortion and the state’s ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, as well as groundbreaking environmental and land-use regulation.
Special guest Justice Martha Walters of the Oregon Supreme Court will also be present at the event, co-sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics and the Women’s Law Forum. To reserve a seat, RSVP to Katie Green.