Hon. Freda Silbowitz


Hon. Freda Silbowitz was born in 1915, and she pumped gas at her father’s service station in the Bronx when she was a girl. After graduating from Hunter College in 1935 (Phi Beta Kappa), she received her law degree from Columbia Law School in 1937 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1938. After many years in private practice, she was appointed a Judge of the New York County Family Court. During her tenure with the NYWBA, she was a Board member, Officer, and chaired several Committees, and as President she organized a United Nations Reception for members of the British Bar who traveled to the United States to exchange knowledge and insights about the two countries’ respective legal systems. Later in life, she became a “snow bird,” splitting time between homes in Halladale, Florida and New York City, and practicing law in both locations. She passed away on December 11, 2013 at the age of 98, having been predeceased by her beloved husband Murray Hertz.