Nancy Gertner

Nancy Gertner is a retired U.S. District Court judge for the District of Massachusetts. She left the bench in 2011 to join the faculty at the Harvard Law School. She is the editor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Representative Opinions (Talbot Press, forthcoming 2021). She is also the author of Incomplete Sentences (Beacon, forthcoming 2021), a judicial memoir about being a judge in a regime of mass incarceration, and In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate (Beacon, 2011).  

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