ASU Book Group: 'Manifesting Justice' by Valena Beety

Cover of Manifesting Justice by Valena Beety

The ASU Book Group's October 2022 reading selection is "Manifesting Justice: Wrongly Convicted Women Reclaim Their Rights" by Valena Beety. The book group is open to all in the ASU community and meets monthly from noon–1 p.m. with two different options for attendance: either in-person at the Piper Writers House or virtually on Zoom (registration required for online attendance). In-person attendees are invited to join the author for lunch after at the University Club, no-host.

Haven't read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present.


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Through the lens of her work with the Innocence Movement and her client Leigh Stubbs—a woman denied a fair trial in 2000 largely due to her sexual orientation—innocence litigator, activist, and founder of the West Virginia Innocence Project Valena Beety examines the failures in America’s criminal legal system and the reforms necessary to eliminate wrongful convictions—particularly with regards to women, the queer community, and people of color.

The book is available on or through local bookstores.

Valena Beety is a professor of law and deputy director of the Academy for Justice in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU.

About the book group:

The ASU Book Group meetings and selections for 2022-2023 are:

The ASU Book Group is sponsored as a community outreach initiative by the Department of English and organized in partnership with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Judith Smith
Piper Writers House or Online