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Karen Riley has been the Chief Attorney/Executive Director of the Children’s Rights Society in Orange County, New York since 2007.   The agency represents approximately 4,000 children per year in cases of Abuse, Neglect, Custody, Guardianship, Juvenile Delinquency, Adoption and Persons in Need of Supervision matters. 
Previously, Ms. Riley was a Supervising Assistant District Attorney in Rockland County, New York from 1996-2006, where she prosecuted cases involving Special Victims.  She has been an Adjunct Professor at Dominican College in New York and an Instructor at the Rockland County Police Academy, as well as a certified trainer for the New York Forensic Best Interviewing Practices for children who have been sexually abused.
Ms. Riley has been a presenter on issues of Juvenile Justice, Domestic Violence and Education Law.  In 2011, she was recognized as the “Public Interest Attorney of the Year” by the Women’s Bar Association of Orange and Sullivan Counties.  She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Bar Association, the Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Program and the New York State Juvenile Justice Committee.
In 2006, Ms. Riley was appointed as an interim County Court Judge by the Governor of New York State.  She was previously an Associate Justice in the Villages of Airmont and Hillburn, New York, and is currently an Associate Justice in the Village of Montebello in Rockland County.
Karen Riley is a graduate of Cornell University and Pace University Law School, cum laude, where she was a member of the Law Review.