Estella Jane Schoen, a lawyer who fought for the disabled and was a professor of legal writing at Brooklyn Law School, died November 20 at age 40, an obituary notice in Sunday’s New York Times reported.
Born in New Orleans, she met her future husband, Steve Salett, at Oberlin College. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota, magna cum laude. After their marriage in 2001, the couple moved to New York, where Estella served a judicial clerkship before joining Patterson, Belknap, Webb and Tyler as an associate. As a litigator she helped lead a successful class action suit to enable the mentally disabled to use the subway system more easily. She worked to protect the welfare and rights of women, children and the disabled.
She had recently formed her own firm for advising entrepreneurs.
She is survived by her husband and their two daughters, Amelia and Jessie, all of Gowanus; her parents, Patricia and John (“Chick”) Schoen; a brother, Garic Schoen; and grandparents, J. Garic and Susan Schoen.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., this Sunday, January 29, in Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street.
Jan. 25, 2012