Join NYIAC for a Book Launch: ROSE QC: The Remarkable Story of Rose Heilbron: Trailblazer and Legal Icon, By Her Daughter Hilary Heilbron, QC


March 2, 2020 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


NYIAC 150 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017

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Re-issued in paperback to mark the centenary of legislation enabling women to enter the professions for the first time in the United Kingdom.

Rose Heilbron QC (later Dame Rose Heilbron), was an English barrister, who became a world famous icon of the 1950s and 1960s. She was one of the two first women King’s Counsel (later Queen’s Counsel) in 1949 and the first senior woman Judge in England in 1956 when she became Recorder of Burnley. This biography, written by her daughter Hilary, also a barrister and Queen’s Counsel, charts her rise to prominence and success against the odds, excelling as an advocate and lawyer and later as only the second female High Court Judge in a career spanning nearly 50 years. She broke down many barriers with a string of firsts in the legal profession. She became a pioneer for women at the English Bar and for women generally, championing many women’s causes in an era when it was not fashionable to do so.

The biography highlights her role as an inspiring and successful defence advocate in many famous and fascinating cases as well as in cases of great legal importance. These include the Cameo murder case in 1950; the trial of Devlin and Burns for capital murder; the representation of the striking Liverpool Dockers in a case of national importance; the defence of the notorious London gangster, Jack Spot; and the representation, in an early anti-discrimination case, of the world renowned cricketer, Learie Constantine.

“She was without question before her time, blazing a trail now followed by countless other women…Her story has everything a good book should have: murder, mystery, suspense, courage, determination, and finally, ultimate recognition…”—Louis Flannery, NEW LAW JOURNAL

“Rose Heilbron was the Margaret Thatcher of the law, a woman who broke through the glass ceiling by sheer force of personality and talent.”—Jonathan Goldberg QC, THE JEWISH CHRONICLE

Purchase a copy of the book here. View the press release here.

6:00 p.m. Registration & Networking
6:35 p.m. NYIAC Opening Remarks by Rekha Rangachari
6:40 p.m. ArbitralWomen Opening Remarks by Dana C. MacGrath
6:45 p.m. Introduction to the Program by Hilary Heilbron, QC
7:00 p.m. Louis B. Kimmelman | Sidley Austin LLP in conversation with Hilary Heilbron, QC
8:00 p.m. Networking Reception

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