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21st Annual Children’s Law Institute

Author(s): Zoë G. Allen, Kelley Burns, Anastasia Rivera-Bonilla
Practice Area: Family Law, Litigation, Pro Bono
Published: Jul 2018
ISBN: 9781402432026
PLI Item #: 222029
CHB Spine #: H1104

Zoë Allen is the Director of Child Welfare Training at the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice, where she has practiced as an attorney since 2000.  As Director of Child Welfare Training, Ms. Allen is responsible for training JRP’s staff at all levels of practice.  Prior to holding this position, Ms. Allen worked in the Brooklyn and Manhattan trial offices of the Juvenile Rights Practice where she was a staff attorney, an attorney supervisor, and most recently, Deputy Attorney-in-Charge of the Manhattan office.  Ms. Allen has lectured and served on panels on a number of child welfare topics, including the role of the child’s attorney, foster care, visitation, and family reunification.  She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Columbia College.

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.