Freda Silbowitz Hertz ’38
December 11, 2013
Freda Silbowitz Hertz ’38 was a Manhattan family court judge and former president of the New York Women’s Bar Association. She passed away on December 11, 2013, at the age of 98.
Born in the Bronx in 1915, Hertz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College in 1935. When she earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1938, Hertz was one of 16 women in her class. After being admitted to the bar that year, Hertz began practicing law in New York City, focusing on matrimonial and family law. In 1973, then-New York City Mayor John Lindsay appointed her as an interim civil court judge in Manhattan Family Court. Hertz continued to practice law in New York City after stepping down from the bench.
A longtime member of the New York Women’s Bar Association, she served as the organization’s president from 1963 to 1964. The chair of several committees, Hertz also organized a United Nations reception for visiting members of the British bar.
Hertz is survived by her nieces and a nephew, as well as members of her extended family.