Barbara Sattler retired in 2008 after spending 28 years in the criminal justice system. After graduating law school in l981 she spent 17 years defending people accused of everything from DUI to child molesting to murder. In 1997 she was appointed to the Tucson City Court where she served 5 years. She left In 2001 when she was appointed to the Pima County Superior Court where she served on the criminal bench including presiding over Drug Court for 3 years.
Barbara retired with no plan. A friend invited her to a writing class and a new passion was born. Her first novel, Dog Days, combined her expertise in the criminal justice system with her passion for dogs. Her second novel, Anne Levy’s Last Case, is dedicated to public defenders. The reader is immersed in the daily life of a public defender as she visits clients at the jail, vies with prosecutors and judges and tries a murder case.
Her third novel is about a lawyer who had it all until her life is up-ended when her prestigious civil firm, affectionally known as BARF, lets her go when the recession hits. Her boyfriend dumps her. When all options fail, she takes a job at the Public Defender’s office where she assumes the lawyers are stupid, the clients guilty. She meets clients, (one dying of cancer who’s charged with drug possession); negotiates with prosecutors who care about winning not justice and appears in court in front of indifferent judges. Her perceptions slowly change but first she must confront her own personal demons. She hopes to have her novel about out by the end of the year. A free copy for anyone who can suggest a title.
All the proceeds of Barbara’s books go the Transverse Myelitis Association (TMA) a non-profit which supports adults and children with rare neurological diseases and funds research to find cures. Barbara was diagnosed with TM in 2001.
Besides writing Barbara is also on the board of the Haven, a drug rehab facility for women and was instrumental in beginning the Countywide Veterans Diversion Court. She is still a consultant to the Veteran’s legal clinic.
Barbara lives with her husband, Kenney Hegland, a retired law professor and writer without whose editing help and support none of her books would have been finished; Toby, a black lab and Teddy, a rescue dog of mixed parentage, two of the many dogs who have enriched her life. Her son Ben lives in Tucson and manages a bar.