Information about Harper Lee by Charles ShieldsCharles Shields is the author of "Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee". He has kindly agreed to answer questions from SwissEduc visitors about Ms. Lee. Send your question to SwissEduc.
Harper Lee's father was a lawyer. His only criminal case was in 1919 when he defended two black men accused of robbery and manslaughter. Both were hanged. Lee never took another criminal case. He remained a real estate lawyer for the rest of his life, in addition to his many other civic involvements in Monroeville and the state of Alabama.