Executive Director
Karen J. Freedman, Esq.

Karen J. Freedman, Esq., is the founder and Executive Director of Lawyers For Children. Since graduating law school, Ms. Freedman has dedicated her legal career to serving children and young adults. LFC opened its doors in 1984 and since that time Ms. Freedman has created projects at LFC to serve particularly vulnerable young people in the foster care system.  These include initiatives on behalf of LGBTQ youth, young people who have been sexually abused, children living in homes where domestic violence is present, youth aging out of foster care, youth in care who suffer from mental illnesses, young people in foster care who require specialized educational advocacy, and immigrant youth in foster care.  In addition, LFC has participated in several groundbreaking class action cases on behalf of youth in foster care and maintains a division devoted exclusively to impact litigation and child welfare policy. 

Before establishing LFC, Ms. Freedman was a law clerk in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and then served as a staff attorney with the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society.  Ms. Freedman received her BA from Wesleyan University and her JD from New York University School of Law where she was a Root Tilden Scholar and a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.

General Counsel & Deputy Executive Director
Glenn R. Metsch-Ampel, Esq.

Glenn Metsch-Ampel, Esq., is General Counsel and Deputy Executive Director of Lawyers For Children.  Prior to joining LFC in 1992, Mr. Metsch-Ampel was Executive Director of Housing Conservation Coordinators (a nonprofit organization representing poor and low-income tenants), the Managing Director of Amnesty International USA’s Concerts For Human Rights Foundation, and is a former Adjunct Professor at New York Law School.  Mr. Metsch-Ampel is an appointee of the Family Court Advisory Committee for the First Judicial Department; current Chair of the Family Court & Family Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA); a member of the NYCBA Council on Children and Nonprofit Organizations Committee; and, a member of the city-wide Child Protective Advisory Committee of the New York City Family Court and Chair of its Subcommittee on Children in the Courts. Mr. Metsch-Ampel is admitted to the Bar of the States of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice in the Eastern District of New York.

Director of Litigation
Hal Silverman, Esq.

Co-Directors of Social Work Practice
Mike Murtagh, LCSW
Lisa Lubell, LCSW
Allen Halpin, LCSW

Volunteer models appear in all photographs that depict LFC clients. Photographs courtesy Ben Fink Shapiro Studio and Jasmin Ortiz.