Senior Staff Attorney
Debbie Silberman moved to New York from Texas in 2003 to study at Barnard College, Columbia University. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. To no one’s surprise, after graduating from college, Ms. Silberman went straight to law school to Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she specialized in criminal law. After her first semester of school, Ms. Silberman was anxious to get out of the classroom and into the courtroom. She spent the next two and half years in clinics, internships, and various Moot Court and Trial Team competitions that have shaped her into a strong advocate for her clients.
Ms. Silberman volunteered with the Cardozo Advocates for Battered Women, assisting women in Bronx Family Court in obtaining court orders of protection, obtaining uncontested divorces, and educating clients about legal rights and remedies. She was also a participant in Cardozo’s Criminal Appeals Clinic where she was assigned to write an appellate brief for a client convicted of a felony. In her third year of law school, Ms. Silberman worked for a private criminal defense firm, cementing her desire to work as a defense attorney.
As a competitor, Ms. Silberman won First Place at the Oxford International Moot Court Competition in Oxford, England, First Place at Cardozo’s Langfan Family Constitutional Oratory Competition, was a finalist at TYLA’s Trial Competition in Syracuse, NY, and won a Cardozo Jacob Burns Medal for Outstanding Moot Court Achievement.
Ms. Silberman feels so lucky to have a job she looks forward to every day.