Linda Nellene Coffee (born 1942) is an attorney living in Dallas, Texas. Coffee is best known, along with Sarah Weddington, for arguing the precedent-setting United States Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.
Coffee earned a Bachelor of Arts in German from Rice University in 1965 followed by a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Texas in February 1968. She was licensed to practice in Texas three months later, in May 1968.
Coffee was a member of the Women's Equity Action League, an organization working toward equal employment opportunities for women. She and Weddington agreed to take McCorvey's case to challenge Texas' anti-abortion law. The resulting decision in 1972 invalidated several laws limiting access to abortions.
- Prager, Joshua (19 January 2017). "Roe v. Wade's Secret Heroine Tells Her Story". Vanity Fair. : profile of Coffee
- Garrow, David J. (27 September 1992). "She Put the v in Roe v. Wade". New York Times. : review of A Question of Choice by Sarah Weddington
- Garrow, David J. (1998). Liberty and Sexuality : The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (Updated paperback ed.). University of California Press. p. 1064. ISBN 9780520213029.
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