Voices from the Edge on 07/01/10

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Thu, 07/01/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Breaking trails in politics and law: A conversation w/ former OR Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts
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Breaking trails in politics and law: A conversation with former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Betty Roberts.
Betty Roberts was a child of the Great Depression. From the Texas plains of her childhood, she went on to become a teacher, lawyer, state legislator and Oregon's first woman Supreme Court Justice. As a lawmaker, Roberts played a leading role in passage of Oregon's first legalized right to abortion and the state's ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment. Roberts' memoir, With Grit and By Grace, published by Oregon State University Press, has received praise for its candor, directness and lack of self-pity so often found in political memoirs. This week, Dave talks with Justice Roberts about her life and her perspective on the present state of politics - including the Elena Kagan nomination hearings.
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action, and a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, peace, labor and environmental movements for 20 years.
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