Carolyn Kubitschek has been a major force in family law for over 25 years.
In 1981, while working at MFY Legal Services in New York City, she established for the first time the liability of the state and foster care agencies for abuse suffered in foster care in Doe v. DSS, 649 F.2d 134 (2nd Cir. 1981). From 1990 to 1991, she served as Co-ordinator of Family Law at Legal Services for New York. Since entering private practice in 1991, she has continued her legal advocacy, successfully challenging New York State’s Central Register in Valmonte v. Bane, 18 F.3d 992 (2nd Cir. 1994), winning a ban preventing case workers from strip searching children without consent in Tenenbaum v. Williams, 862 F.Supp., 962 (E.D.N.Y. 1994), and winning a ban on taking children from battered mothers just because the mothers had been beaten in Nicholson v. Scoppetta, 344 F.3d 154 (2d Cir. 2003).
She has appeared on Nightline, Court TV, and New York 1 News as an expert on family law.