Cynthia came to Court Square Law Project from Safe Horizon, the country’s largest victim services provider, where she served as Director of the Domestic Violence Law Project. Prior to that, she provided a variety of civil legal services to families affected by terminal illness across the five boroughs at The Family Center. Cynthia has extensive experience in matrimonial and family law, housing law, and trusts and estates, as well as in program design and management. She is passionate about helping all New Yorkers access the fundamental legal services they need.
Karen L. Cahn, Supervising Attorney
Karen, a native New Yorker, has been practicing law for more than thirty years. Her background includes criminal defense litigation, cooperative conversion work, Housing Court litigation, and general civil litigation and transactional matters. The majority of her practice, however, has been in the family and matrimonial law field, to which she has dedicated more than twenty years. A trained mediator, she has handled numerous cases involving divorce, custody, parental access, child support, spousal support, equitable distribution, and post-judgment enforcement proceedings in both Family and Supreme Courts. Karen has also drafted and reviewed numerous pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements. Karen received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, and her B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.
Julia Cagin (admission pending)
Julia graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2018 with a concentration in Family & Children's Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She also received a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Cardozo. While in law school, she participated in the Divorce Mediation Clinic, and was the President of the Family Law Society. Julia earned her B.A. in Political Science from Muhlenberg College.
Sara graduated from City Unversity of New York (CUNY) School of Law in 2017. Before joining Court Square Law Project, Sara worked as a law clerk for a criminal defense attorney. During law school, Sara interned at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and an appellate public defender organization. She also represented clients through CUNY’s Criminal Defense Clinic, and competed in moot court competitions.
Julia graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2017. During law school, Julia worked with legal aid non-profits focusing on access to justice and government accountability and interned at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Prior to law school, Julia worked at Iraq Veterans Against the War, a veterans’ rights and anti-militarism non-profit.
Rafael graduated from the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University in 2014. During law school, Rafael interned at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld’s office of Public Law and Policy in Washington D.C. Prior to law school, Rafael was a paralegal for the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company. Rafael has an LL.M. in Corporate, Commercial, and Securities Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
David graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2015 with a focus on public interest and litigation. During law school, David interned at several non-profit civil legal service organizations and law school clinics including the Bet Tzedek Civil Litigation Clinic and the Health Care Reform Clinic. Prior to joining Court Square Law Project, David worked at a non-profit legal service organization assisting elder abuse victims in family, foreclosure, and landlord tenant matters.