Appealing For Justice

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Creative Non-Fiction

“A compelling account of one woman’s struggle for civil rights.”  Sandra Dallas

“Susan Casey expertly tells the tale of an entire movement through one of its bravest characters.”  Michael Booth

“A nail-biting, riveting and sometimes shocking look at the inner workings of our justice system.” Cathy Langer

“A page turning read…I was on the edge of my seat.” Emma Goldman

“Brilliantly captures the story of an entire generation.” Helen Thorpe

“Smoothly written, inspiring, insightful.”  Mark Stevens

“A book that is needed now more than ever.” Jason McKinney

RE-CAP of the 10 BESTS of the first 10 weeks after publication!

#1 BEST MOMENT: Walking into the Tattered Cover for the hometown launch event, with more than a bit of apprehension about whether anyone would come, and finding a cheering crowd that swelled into the book aisles.


#2 BEST SELLING HIGHLIGHT: When Boulder Bookstore had Appealing for Justice as #1 (The Girl On the Train trailed at #3).


#3 BIGGEST THRILL: Being welcomed by the Chief Justice and current and former justices before a packed house in the grand rotunda at the Colorado Supreme Court.

#4 MOST MOVING HOUR OF CONVERSATION: An evening hosted by Dee Perry and Janet Martin in Boulder when hearing Jean’s story led twenty-five women to share stories of their experiences across generations.

#5 BEST FRIENDS NIGHT: When Josie Heath hosted a gathering that brought mutual friends of Jean Dubofsky, Josie Heath and I together for a look back and a look forward.

#6 BEST BOOK REVIEW: Mark Stevens went above and beyond with a review that rivals the writing seen in the New York Review of Books and then combined the review with a Q & A that only an author can do with another author.

#7 BEST OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR STORY: When Colorado Public Radio and KGNU interviewed Jean and I, they provided a chance to reach listeners all across the state. And those interviews can still be heard by clicking:

#8 BIGGEST COMPLEMENT: When Sandra Dallas, the distinguished and gifted writer of many New York Times bestselling novels, featured a review of the book in her recent monthly Denver Post column.

#9 BEST EVIDENCE OF HOW FAR WE HAVE COME: When I heard the words “I’d like you to meet by husband” spoken by a few men and “I’d like you to meet my wife” spoken by women at a book signing hosted by Sue and Tim Damours in Denver. We would not being hearing those words today were it not for Romer v. Evans.

#10 BEST WAY TO START EACH DAY: Logging into the Denver Public Library site to see how many people were on the wait list for Appealing for Justice. My first job at the age of 13 was working in my hometown library. While book sales are what all authors are after, what warms my heart each day is seeing the number of people on HOLD at the library grow from 3 to 7 to 10…to a high of 22! Woo Hoo!

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A P P E A L I N G  F O R  J U S T I C E

One Colorado Lawyer, Four Decades, and the Landmark Gay Rights Case Romer v. Evans

by Susan Berry Casey

Appealing For Justice is a riveting behind-the-scenes legal drama and an intimate and powerful portrait of a young woman’s journey of justice. Jean Eberhart Dubofsky came of age on the cusp of the civil rights movement and, through four decades, battled for justice and equality for the poor, for women and for gays and lesbians.

Appealing For Justice weaves Jean Dubofsky’s life in the law with the story of a time and place in U.S. history that continues to have a hold on an entire generation. For some the pull comes from the nostalgia of Woodstock, of long-haired hippies with flowers in their hair and those rainy days of pulsating rock bands, free love, and psychedelic fogs in a New York farmer’s field. For others it is the searing images of sheriffs unleashing water cannons and attack dogs on unsuspecting young Negroes, or white-hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan carrying torches, a burning shack or cross on a lawn in the background.

AFJ-frontcoverIt was a time when the country was coming apart, but it was also a time of attempts by many to stitch it back together again. The accounts of presidents, politicians, and famous movement leaders provide the edges and contours of that history, but there are equally compelling stories yet to be told. The stories of the unknown, uncelebrated people who were the lifeblood of the social justice movements add a rich and deep dimension to that history. These ordinary, extraordinary people who, when they found themselves in the wide river of injustice, did more than float along or move safely towards shore. They seldom made the headlines, but they put their oars in the water. Jean was one of those ordinary, extraordinary people.

As one stream of protest merged into another, Jean Dubofsky put her oar in the water again and again. She navigated her way through, sometimes being buffeted by the winds of injustice herself, sometimes making waves, often making a difference and ultimately helping shape the direction and flow of history.

Long before women were welcome in the legal profession, Jean became a lawyer because she sensed that the law could become her tool in that fixing of so much that was wrong in America. And she was right. She used the law in a hundred ways over four decades, but it was not until 1996 that she fully appreciated its power. And her power.

Appealing For Justice is a poignant and compelling narrative of Jean’s journey through the justice decades and of the lifetime that prepared her for her biggest triumph, the 1996 landmark Romer v. Evans gay rights decision. The untold, inside story of the more than three-year legal saga that culminates with Jean standing before the nine Supreme Court justices provides one more deep layer to Jean’s story and to the country’s story of justice. It is a story of triumph against long odds when Jean argues and wins the landmark gay rights legal case, Romer v. Evans, before the U. S. Supreme Court.

The stories of Jean Dubofsky’s journey and the Romer v. Evans case are woven together into a haunting tale of discrimination and hate and a tale of young revolutionaries out to save the world. It is a poignant and compelling narrative of hurdles overcome, battles won, and a time in our nation’s history that breaks our hearts and renews our spirit.

Advance Praise for Appealing for Justice
“A must-read for fans of the Supreme Court and civil rights, Susan Casey’s drama expertly tells the tale of an entire movement through one of its bravest characters.”

MICHAEL BOOTH, member of two Pulitzer Prize-winning news teams and winner of the 2015 Colorado Book Award for Nonfiction for Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can’t Keep Your Food Safe — And How You Can (with co-author Jennifer Brown)

“By telling the story of one woman who played a pivotal role in a critical civil rights lawsuit, Susan Casey brilliantly captures the story of an entire generation–indeed, the story of America over the past half century. This book is a must read for anyone who cares passionately about social justice. It explains how epochal change can happen.”

HELEN THORPE, winner of the 2010 Colorado Book Award for Creative Nonfiction and author of Soldier Girls and Just Like Us: The True Story of Four Mexican Girls Coming of Age in America.