Tanisha McKnight

Tanisha S. McKnight is a 2004 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. She began her legal career with The Legal Aid Society where she worked both in their Criminal Defense Division and Juvenile Rights Practice for a number of years. In 2009, Ms. McKnight became The Children’s Law Center of New York's (CLC) first Director of Paralegal & Volunteer Services. In addition to managing the city-wide paralegal team, she practices law in a number of areas including custody, visitation, domestic violence and child protective proceedings. She is also responsible for developing and managing CLC’s volunteer programs, which includes forming internship partnerships and recruitment with local high schools, universities and law schools, the development of CLC’s pro bono practice and law firm relationships. Additionally, she supervises CLC’s Securing Seamless Education Services (SSES) education advocacy project and jointly manages CLC’s Broken Adoption Project. In 2019 Ms. McKnight became a Deputy Director of Appeals, Paralegal & Volunteer Services where Ms. McKnight is now responsible for strategic planning and developing systems to enhance efficiency and effective utilization of resources within the organization.  She continues to present at schools, conferences and forums on the current issues facing family law practitioners and provides motivational talks to students considering entering the legal profession. She was honored as one of the New York Law Journal’s Rising Stars of 2015.