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Karen M.C Cortes

Bronx County Family Court
Court Attorney Referee
Bronx, NY, USA


Court Attorney Referee Karen M.C. Cortes serves in Bronx County Family Court presiding over cases involving custody, guardianship, visitation, and family offenses. Referee Cortes currently chairs on the New York City Family Court Custody, Visitation, and Family Offense Operations Advisory Committee to the Administrative Judge of the New York City Family Court and the Bronx County Family Court Strategic Plan Implementation Team for Custody, Visitation, and Family Offense.

Prior to becoming a Court Attorney Referee, Referee Cortes was a Court Attorney for the New York City Family Court for six years where she conducted compliance and settlement conferences on child neglect and abuse, custody, guardianship, visitation, family offense, juvenile delinquency, and PINS cases.  Referee Cortes also served for five years as a trial attorney in the Family Court Legal Services Division at the Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”), where she tried and supervised hundreds of abuse and neglect trials and was a recipient of the ACS Division of Family Court Legal Services Permanency Advocate Award.

Referee Cortes was formerly a member of the Family Court and Family Law Committee at the New York City Association (the “City Bar”) and Kings County Family Court Disproportionate Minority Representation Committee.  Referee Cortes is currently a member of the Bronx County Bar Association and New York State Women’s Bar Association Bronx Chapter.

Referee Cortes earned her undergraduate degree from New York University and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a recipient of the Judge Doris A. Thompson and Judge Edward Thompson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Karen M.C Cortes is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Special Proceeding or Habeas Corpus to Obtain Visitation Rights or Custody in Respect to Certain Infant Grandchildren, N.Y. DOM. REL. LAW § 72 (2004) - Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Brooke S.B. v. Elizabeth A.C.C., 28 N.Y.3d 1 (2016) - Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Dawn M. v. Michael M., 47 N.Y.S.3d 898, 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 27073 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2017) - Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Web Segment  Web Segment Using Forensics and COIs in Custody and Visitation Hearings - Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody and Visitation in the New York Family Courts - Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody and Visitation in the New York Family Courts - Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody and Visitation in the New York Family Courts, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Using Forensics and COIs in Custody and Visitation Hearings - Using Forensics and COIs in Custody and Visitation Hearings , Wednesday, May 24, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Using Forensics and COIs in Custody and Visitation Hearings - Using Forensics and COIs in Custody and Visitation Hearings , Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody and Visitation in the New York Family Courts - Nuts and Bolts of Child Custody and Visitation in the New York Family Courts, Wednesday, May 24, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2017, Friday, May 26, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Hot Topics in Child Custody, Visitation & Guardianship for New York Practitioners 2018, Friday, April 13, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Hot Topics in Child Custody and Visitation for New York Practitioners 2018, Friday, April 13, 2018, New York, NY
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