Cynthia Domingo-Foraste, Executive Director
Cynthia comes to CSLP 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 Washington College of Law, and her B.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Binghamton.
Noelle graduated from Brooklyn Law School in May 2015 with a focus on International Public and Private law. As a BLS Public Interest Fellow, she worked at Advocates For Children of New York in the School Justice Project division. She has published social commentary articles with XOJane.com and RebelleSociety.com.
Ruth graduated from City University of New York School of Law in 2016, with a focus in public interest family law. While at CUNY, Ruth represented clients in parental defense and child advocacy cases, and was very active in trial and moot court competitions. More recently, as a Launchpad for Justice Fellow, she represented pro se litigants in consumer debt and uncontested divorce matters. Prior to CUNY, Ruth received her Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Jake graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2013. At Suffolk, Jake worked at a boutique intellectual property firm and had a fellowship in the consumer rights department at Greater Boston Legal Services. After graduating from Suffolk in 2013, his interest in intellectual property brought him to New York to work in the music industry and with small businesses.
Prior to Joining the Court Square Law Project, Nanyarid worked with a solo attorney handling family law matters, administrative cases and criminal and civil appeals. She was also a Legal Fellow to Hon. Robert E. Torres and interned for the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Litigation Bureau and South Brooklyn Legal Services. Nanyarid earned her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. At Cardozo School of Law, Nanyarid was a Student Attorney in the Cardozo Bet Tzedek Legal Services Clinic, where she represented people of low income on matters of guardianship, housing and government benefits.
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.
Prior to joining the Court Square Law Project, Kyoung worked with a distribution company handling contract law matters. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in 2016. At Rutgers, she represented clients with disabilities in Social Security Disability (SSD) appeals. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Korea University.
John Henry Olthoff
John Henry graduated from CUNY School of Law in 2015. During law school, John Henry interned at the ASPCA and at the Northside Center for Child Development. As a student attorney in the Community and Economic Development Clinic, John Henry worked with worker cooperatives and assisted nonprofit organizations seeking tax-exempt status. Prior to law school, John Henry was a New York City Teaching Fellow and a teacher at LaGuardia Community College.
Seth graduated from City University of New York School of law in 2016. While at CUNY, Seth was a Peggy Browning Summer Fellow at the Workers Defense League where he represented workers who had been denied unemployment insurance benefits. Prior to law school Seth was a union organizer, working on organizing campaigns for graduate student employees and post-doctoral researchers.