Lillian M. Kooperstein


Lillian M. Kooperstein, born on the Lower East Side to an Orthodox Jewish family, was admitted to practice in 1925. Upon graduation from NYU Law School, she obtained a clerkship at a law office, which was then a prerequisite to sit for the bar. Upon passing the bar, she opened a law office with her brother, Moses, and practiced matrimonial law in the 1920’s and 1930’s. During World War II, and for 30 years thereafter, she was a sole practitioner. Married in 1949 to a law school classmate, Joseph Goldberg, she shared office space with her husband on Broadway. She also served as President of the Council of Jewish Women. Ms. Kooperstein had a well-deserved reputation for serious devotion to the rule of law, and during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, long after she closed her practice, she sat as an Administrative Law Judge – well into her early 90’s! She passed away in 1998.