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According to accounts, Bolin was unaware that then-Mayor Fiorello La Guardia would appoint her to the judge’s bench for the Domestic Relations Court at the New York’s World Fair. Bolin was a tireless judge, and her appointment was renewed three times before she was forced to retire at age 70, although she wanted to keep working.

Bolin fought to integrate child services, promote diversity in the hire of probation officers, and worked diligently for children’s rights. After her retirement, she worked as a reading instructor in New York public schools and served on the New York State Board of Regents. She was also a NAACP and National Urban League board member.

Bolin and her first husband had one son, Yorke Mizelle. After the death of her husband in 1943, she married Walter Offutt Jr. in 1950.

Bolin passed in 2007 at the age of 98. in 2011, a biography was released titled Daughter of the Empire State: The Life of Judge Jane Bolin by Jacqueline A. McLeod.

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