"Margarete Berent was the first female lawyer to practice in Prussia and the second female lawyer ever licensed in Germany. In 1925 she opened her own law firm in Berlin. Not only was she the first female lawyer and the head of her own law firm, but she was also an ardent feminist and active in promoting opportunities for women.
In 1933, when the Nazis came to power, Berent, like all Jewish lawyers, was banned from the practice of law. It would be twenty-eight years before she was once again able to practice law. Nevertheless, she was one of the rare German Jewish women who, with great difficulty, tried to focus on her career while living in exile. In 1951, at the age of sixty-four, Margarete Berent showed her extraordinary courage by opening her second law firm, this time in New York City. ..." (ler+)