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Personal Information for
Helen Lehman Buttenwieser

Born: October 8, 1905
Died: December 31, 1989

Occupations: Humanitarians, Lawyers, Political Activists, Social Workers

Subjects: Law, Political Science, Public Welfare, Reform, Social, Charities

Biographical Information: As a member of the prominent Lehman family of New York, Helen Lehman Buttenweiser was raised with a strong sense of the importance of public service and philanthropy. After graduating from Connecticut College and New York University Law School, Buttenwieser extended her family's legacy by serving for decades as an attorney committed to aiding women and children and to preserving civil liberties. She was particularly interested in issues concerning adoption, foster care, and child welfare, and from 1946-8 she chaired a New York City committee which investigated abuses in the adoption system and recommended major reforms. Buttenwieser served as a role model for many female attorneys, starting her own law firm, becoming active in the New York Democratic State Committee, the New York City Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and the Legal Defense Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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