20 last year and informed her that the couple's application to adopt a child 2 to 5 years old was being rejected because Goldberg is disabled.
Neil Goldberg, 39, a firearms-training officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, said he and his wife set out to adopt several years ago after they learned Laura couldn't conceive.
Neil and Laura Goldberg or Moorpark are suing an adoption agency that they claim has denied them a child because she uses a wheelchair.
In his book, Stebenne reminds us that Goldberg loved to reminisce about the neighborhood in which he grew up, with its frequent strikes by workers, a thriving left-wing press, crime, political corruption, and racial and ethnic conflicts between the earlier and later immigrant families.
Encouraged by the achievements of such American Jews as Supreme Court Justices Louis Brandeis and Benjamin Cardozo, the highly motivated Goldberg, early in his life, doubtless must have considered a career in law.
Goldberg then received a scholarship to Northwestern University law school, and was on his way to his chosen career.
Goldberg practiced for several years after graduation with the conservative Chicago law firm of Pritzger & Pritzger, founded by a family of German Jews.
In 1933, recognizing his inherent need to fight for civil and political equality for all citizens, and at a time of severe economic depression with a "New Deal" in prospect, Goldberg resolved to leave his corporation-oriented employer and to start his own small law firm.
Hillman and David Dubinsky, president of the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), later served as close advisors to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt throughout the Depression and during World War II; both of these men preceded Goldberg into the Labor Hall of Fame.
In his solo practice, Goldberg at first represented small manufacturers, often European refugees who, in their pre-entrepreneurial careers, generally had been blue-collar workers.
If they had the funding to do it all sorts of things are possible,'' said Samuel Edwards, hospital administrator for Ventura County Medical Center, who discussed the idea of leasing unused hospital beds with the Goldbergs.
Even Atherton, although a member of the organization, admits the grant amounts the Goldbergs seek are high - $15 million to $20 million total between a half-dozen major foundations they plan to apply to.
As far as the Goldbergs are concerned, however, the success of their grant requests is all but a done deal.
For years, Lenny and Debbie Goldberg agonized over their children's addictions, waking to midnight police calls about a hard-drinking son, watching a daughter struggle through drug treatment only to relapse again and again.
PHOTO Founders Debbie and Lenny Goldberg run Visions for Recovery from their Westlake Village home.