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Children's Law Institute (20th Annual)

 
Author(s): Kelley Burns, Anastasia Rivera-Bonilla, Carolyn Silvers
Practice Area: Family Law, Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Jul 2017
ISBN: 9781402429507
PLI Item #: 180003
CHB Spine #: H1068

Kelley Burns is the Director of Training in the Legal Support and Training Unit at Family Court Legal Services, a division of the Administration for Children’s Services.  Family Court Legal Services provides legal representation for Children’s Services in the five Family Courts of New York City in child abuse and neglect proceedings, custody and juvenile delinquency proceedings.  The Legal Support and Training Unit provides litigation support and legal training to attorney and casework staff as well as other types of support to the Division.   Prior to joining the Legal Support and Training Unit, Ms. Burns practiced in the Administration for Children’s Services, Family Court Legal Services in Queens Family Court as a staff attorney since 2001.  Ms. Burns received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University and received her Juris Doctorate from Cardozo School of Law.


Anastasia Rivera, Esq., joined CFR as a Litigation Supervisor in February 2011.   Ms. Rivera  is a 1996 graduate of City University of New York School of Law.  In July 1999 she joined ACS as an agency attorney and, later as an Assistant Supervisor.  Upon leaving ACS in 2008, Ms. Rivera, went into the private sector and handled matrimonial work in upstate New York.  Prior to joining CFR, Ms. Rivera was a member of the 18B Panel in Bronx Family Court where she represented parents and children in all Family Court proceedings.   Ms. Rivera received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Pace University.


Carolyn Silvers is the Attorney-in-Charge of the Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice Queens trial office.  In her 29 years with JRP, Carolyn has represented young people in child protective, juvenile delinquency, and PINS case in New York City Family Courts in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens and has also supervised staff in all five boroughs.  For eighteen years, Carolyn has also worked as an instructor for the National Institute For Trial Advocacy (NITA).  She received a B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1984 and her J.D. in 1987 from the New York University School of Law.