Legal Aid Names New Supervising Attorney For Pro Bono Practice

Steven Banks, The Legal Aid Society's Attorney-in-Chief, and Lou Sartori, the Director of the Society's Pro Bono Practice, announced that Karen Fisher Gutheil, a senior Staff Attorney in the Society's Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit in the Juvenile Rights Practice (JRP), will be the new Supervising Attorney for the Pro Bono Practice.

Ms. Gutheil has been with the Society since 1998, first as a Staff Attorney in JRP’s Manhattan trial office and for the past nine years with the JRP Special Litigation and Law Reform Unit (SLLRU). In that role, Ms. Gutheil has worked with litigation teams from several of the Society’s Sustaining Law Firms and has co-counseled impact litigation focusing on the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Ms. Gutheil has also been involved in JRP’s policy advocacy on behalf of clients and has provided ongoing training to Legal Aid Society staff on law reform matters. Additionally, she has collaborated with Legal Aid Civil Practice attorneys from the Homeless Rights Project and the Health Law Unit on a project to reunite families in Tier Two shelters and in advocating for the continuation of Medicaid benefits for foster children aging out of care.

She has also held leadership positions in both the City Bar in New York City and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Gutheil chaired the City Bar’s Family Court and Family Law Committee for several years, is a member of the Council on Children, and served as a City Bar delegate to the State Bar Association’s House of Delegates. She currently chairs the State Bar Association’s Children and the Law Committee and sits on the Task Force on Family Courts.

Ms. Gutheil will begin her work with the Pro Bono Practice on March 17.