Bessie Margolin (N ’29, L ’30)
2013 Hall of Fame Inductee
Raised in New Orleans’ Jewish Children’s Home after her mother’s early death, Bessie Margolin went on to graduate from Newcomb College and Tulane Law School, second in her class and an editor of the Law Review. Unable as a woman to find work in private practice, she went to work for the federal government in Washington. As Associate Solicitor for the Department of Labor, she argued 27 cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and won 25 of them. At her retirement dinner in 1972, she was feted by Chief Justice Earl Warren and several other Justices for her landmark contributions to labor law.
Bessie Margolin was represented by family members and her biographer, Marlene Trestman (far right). Margolin’s nephews Robert Margolin and Malcolm Trifon are in the middle. To the left are Robert Margolin’s wife, Charlotte, and son, Jack.