activist and a "fighting judge,"
Justine Wise Polier was the first woman
Justice in New York. For 38 years she used
her position on the Family Court bench to
fight for the rights of the poor and
disempowered. She strove to implement
juvenile justice law as treatment, not
punishment, making her court the center of a
community network that encompassed
psychiatric services, economic aid, teachers,
placement agencies, and families.