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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.