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Justine Wise Polier, American lawyer, retired judge. Bar: Connecticut 1928, New York 1929.


Polier, Justine Wise was born on April 12, 1903 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Daughter of Stephen S. and Louise (Waterman) Wise.


Student, Bryn Mawr College, 1922. Student, Radcliffe College, 1923. AB, Barnard College, 1924.

Bachelor of Laws, Yale University, 1928. Doctor of Laws, Yale University, 1979. Doctor of Laws, Princeton University, 1976.

Doctor of Laws, Kenyon College, 1977. Doctor of Laws, City University of New York, 1978. Doctor of Laws, Brandeis University, 1985.


Began practice in, New York. Referee New York State Department Labor, 1929-1934. Assistant Corporate Counsel New York City, 1934-1935.

Counsel and secretary Mayor's Committee on Relief, 1934-1935. Counsel Emergency Relief Bureau, 1935. Justice Domestic Relations Court, New York, 1935-1962.

Judge New York State Family Court, 1962-1973. Director program for juvenile justice Children's Defense Fund-Washington Research Project Fund, 1973-1976. Consultant Office Civilian Defense, 1941-1942.


  • Bar: Connecticut 1928, New York 1929.


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  • Other Work

    • Author: Everyone's Children, Nobody's Child, 1941, Back to What Woodshed, 1956, Parental Rights, The Need for Law and Social Action, A View From the Bench, The Rule of Law and the Role of Psychiatry, 1968. Co-editor: Personal Letters of Stephen Wise, 1956. Contributor to social and science journals.


Member New York Citizens Committee Foster Care Children. Vice president New York City Citizens Committee for Children. Chairperson Eleanor Roosevelt Institute.

Member Joint Commission Institute Juvenile Administration-American Bar Association. Member of advisory review board Human Resources Administration. Member Commissioner's advisory council for children with handicapping conditions New York State Department Education, New York State Task Force onMental Health Services for Children and Youth.

Board of directors, president Wiltwyck School. Trustee New York School Nursery Years, Church Peace Union. Vice president Field Foundation.

Board directors Marshall Field Awards, Inc., Research Center ofHuman Relations. President Louise Wise Services, Kenworthy-Swift Foundation;honorary president women's division, chairman of the executive committee American Jewish Congress. Member Executive Committee World Jewish Congress.

New York delegate White House Convention on Children, 1960. Member White House Planning Conference on Civil Rights, 1965. Board visitors Antioch School Law.

Board directors Children's Defense Fund. Member Association Bar City New York, American Orthopsychiat. Association.


Married Leon Arthur Tulin, June 14, 1927 (deceased December 1932). 1 child, Stephen Wise. Married Shad Polier, March 26, 1937 (deceased June 1976).

Children– Trudy H., Jonathon W., Michael W. (deceased March 10, 1945).

Stephen S. Wise

Louise (Waterman) Wise

Leon Arthur Tulin

Shad Polier

Stephen Wise Polier

Trudy H. Polier

Jonathon W. Polier

Michael W. (deceased March 10 Polier

1945) Polier