Ruth Lewinson

Ruth Lewinson, one of the first female Jewish lawyers in America, both worked in private practice and gave public lectures on practical law to help people better navigate the legal system. Lewinson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Hunter College in 1916 and earned a law degree from New York University in 1919. She taught English to immigrants and lectured on practical law. After taking the bar in 1920, she became a senior partner at her father’s law firm, where she worked until 1953. She then began her own private practice. While working as a lawyer, Lewinson also served as treasurer and director of the New York County Lawyer’s Association and volunteered for a wide range of organizations from the International Federation of Business and Professional Women to the Children’s Shelter of Manhattan. She was a trustee of Hunter College from 1921–1939, served on the Board of Higher Education, and volunteered with the League of Women Voters and with Young Democrats. She also aided Jewish organizations such as the National Council of Jewish Women and the Federation for the Support of Jewish Charities.


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Date of Birth

New York, NY
United States

Date of Death
Educator, Lawyer, Administrator

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