“Andrea has done it again. This time, she invites readers into the fascinating lives and work of nine women who have made careers for themselves as criminal defense lawyers, as well as her own life and work. The raw and honest window into the diverse and growing ranks of women who chose the noble path of standing beside and defending those accused of a crime is a very special book indeed. The challenges of service as a criminal defense lawyer are formidable. In The Feminine Sixth: Women for the Defense, Andrea tells the story of these incredible defense lawyers with the insight and sensitivity that one has come to expect from this towering figure in the profession.”

— Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

“Andrea is one of America’s greatest criminal defense attorneys. Her skills in the courtroom are only matched by her commitment to teaching and training new generations of lawyers. This wonderful book is a must read.”

— Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative

“Andrea taught me three things: The law ain’t just for rich people; all women don’t just follow the rules; and some women fight harder for right then men. Andrea is one in a million and she filled my heart up and gave me a soul when I was heartless and merciless. So if this book does anything, it shows that there are more women like her out there and use poor people are all the richer for it.”

— Robert Langford, Former Client of Andrea D. Lyon


“Women criminal defense lawyers are relative newcomers to the macho, high-stakes world of crime and punishment. This book brings together a diverse group of women who speak with remarkable frankness and introspection about all aspects of their experiences – from facing outright discrimination, to managing emotions in a job that confronts them with terrible suffering by victims and defendants alike, to balancing demanding and unpredictable work with family commitments. Enormously engaging and deeply thoughtful, these interviews offer a ‘different voice’ that speaks to some of the biggest challenges and highest aspirations of our criminal justice system.”

— Professor Carol S. Steiker, Henry J. Friendly Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Criminal Justice Policy Program at Harvard Law School


“This book likely will attract a wide and diverse audience. It will appeal to women and men, both lawyers and not. Read the book, enjoy the play, experience the participants, and be sure to attend the seminar. It’s a must.”

—Theodore Simon, NACDL past president and a defense attorney in private practice in philadelphia, pennsylvania