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Daughter of the Empire StateThe Life of Judge Jane Bolin$
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Jacqueline A. McLeod

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036576

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036576.001.0001

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Speaking Truth to Power

Speaking Truth to Power

A View from the Bench of Judge Jane Bolin

(p.61) 5. Speaking Truth to Power
Daughter of the Empire State

Jacqueline A. McLeod

University of Illinois Press

This chapter delves into Jane Bolin's tenure on the bench and analyzes her public and professional voice against social injustice. A sample of Bolin's judicial decisions that were selected for publication due to their usefulness as precedent, along with her speeches and letters of communication, convey the determination of an ardent integrationist and the immense compassion and intellect that endeared her to La Guardia and her judicial peers. Judge Bolin was committed to making the law an instrument of fairness but did not confine her activism to the physical halls of justice. A staunch integrationist, she confronted discrimination throughout municipal government and the private sector without regard for the security of her reappointment.

Keywords:   Jane Bolin, racial integration, social injustice, activism, discrimination

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