Our guest attorney will be Tanisha McKnight, Esq., Director of Paralegal and Volunteer Services at The Children's Law Center, a not-for-profit law firm focusing on defending children's rights in the New York area. Tanisha, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School ('04), began her career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice. In her current role at The Children's Law Center (CLC), she manages the city-wide paralegal team, and practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence, and child protective proceedings. She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC's volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, and the development of CLC's pro bono practice and law firm relationships. Additionally, she supervises CLC's Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC's Broken Adoption Project. She regularly presents at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession. Ms. McKnight was honored as one of the New York Law Journal's Rising Stars of 2015.