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LEGAL STAFF

Karen A. Riley
, Esq., Chief Attorney/Executive Director - Karen A. Riley joined the Children's Rights Society as Chief Attorney/Executive Director in March of 2007. She oversees both the Attorney for the Child and the Education Law and Advocacy program "Project SPEAK". In 2006, Ms. Riley was appointed by the NYS Governor to serve as an interim County Court Judge in Rockland County. Previously, she was employed at the Rockland County District Attorney's Office from 1996 to 2006, where she served in various capacities, including Supervisor of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit. Ms. Riley previously lectured at the Rockland County Police Academy. She is a certified trainer of Forensic Interviewing through the NYS Child Advocacy Resource Center. In 2007, she was an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Dominican College. She has also lectured at various Continuing Legal Education Courses on topics such as Juvenile Justice and Domestic Violence. In 2011, Ms. Riley received the "Outstanding Public Interest Lawyer of the Year" award from the Orange-Sullivan chapter of the New York State Women's Bar Association. Ms. Riley is currently the Acting Village Justice in Airmont, New York, and was formerly the Acting Village Justice in Hillburn, New York from 2010 to 2014. She holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from Pace University Law School. 

Kristy Horaz, Esq., Staff Attorney - Ms. Horaz joined the Children's Rights Society in 2005. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and the Buffalo School of Law. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Orange County. She is a past recipient of the "Outstanding Young Lawyer" award from the Orange-Sullivan Chapter of the NYS Women's Bar Association. She was named an "Orange County Rising Star" and is a graduate of the Leadership Orange Class of 2009.

Marvin Williams, Esq., Staff Attorney - Mr. Williams has been a Staff Attorney with the Children's Rights Society since 2006. He was previously a Law Guardian with The Children's Law Center in the Bronx from 2002 to 2005. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Williams was an Assistant Attorney General in Saipan, MP. He was employed from 1990 to 1997 as an Assistant County Attorney in the Bronx specializing in the prosecution of Narcotics cases. Mr. Williams holds a degree in Pre-Law and Busness from Oral Roberts University, and a J.D. from North Carolina Central University School of Law.

Jodi Appel Kaplan
, Esq., Staff Attorney - Ms. Appel Kaplan joined the Children's Rights Society as a Staff Attorney in 2008. Previously, she was an Associate with the firm Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia and Tetenbaum from 2007 to 2008. Ms. Appel Kaplan served as an interim Court Attorney for the Honorable Lori Currier-Woods in the Orange County Family Court in 2006-2007. Ms. Appel Kaplan was employed as legal counsel for the New York City Administration of Children's Services from 2001 to 2006. She holds a B.A. from University of Florida and a J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. Ms. Appel Kaplan is currently on the Board of Directors for Nana's House Child Care Center, and was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Middletown, New York. She is admitted to the NYS Bar and the NJ Bar.

Victor Guzman, Esq., Staff Attorney - Victor Guzman has been with the Children's Rights Society since 2011. Previously, he was a solo practitioner in Newburgh, New York from 2003 to 2011. Mr. Guzman was a Senior Associate for Drake, Sommers, Loeb, Tarshis and Catania, an Associate for Oherstein & Brown, and Assistant Corporate Counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Mr. Guzman served as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County from 1996-1997. He holds a BA from Brooklyn College and a J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School. He is fluent in Spanish.

Ariana Antonelli
, Esq., Staff Attorney - Ms. Antonelli joined the Children's Rights Society in 2013. She was previously in private practice handling Family Court matters from 2006 to 2013. Ms. Antonelli was a Senior Associate at Bonacic, Krahulik & Associates from 2006 to 2008, and a Senior Associate with Greenwald Law Offices from 2005 to 2006. Previously, she was employed by AON Risk Services and AIG Corporation as an attorney. She holds a B.B.A. from Pace University and a J.D. from St. John's Law School. Ms. Antonelli is admitted to the New York and Federal Bar. She speaks conversational Spanish.

ADAM PalTRoWiTZ
, Esq., Staff Attorney - Mr. Paltrowitz joined the Children’s Rights Society team in 2014.  He was an associate attorney in the litigation department at King & Spalding in NYC from 2008-2010, a staff attorney representing matrimonial and family law at Greenwald Law Offices in Chester, NY from 2010-2013 and from 2013-2014 a staff attorney practicing family law at Barbara J. Strauss Law Offices.  He holds a B.S. from Skidmore College and his J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

 

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