Karen graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellow. Karen came to the Bronx Defenders in 2000 after working as a public defender and then in private practice as a criminal trial attorney. She has been a staff attorney, a team leader and is now Trial Chief of The Bronx Defenders. She is responsible for trial training, supervision and trial preparation with attorneys across all practice areas. Karen created and directs The Defenders’ Academy, an intensive holistic trial training program for public and private attorneys across the nation. Karen is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall Law School where she has been teaching Persuasion and Advocacy for many years. Karen is also on the faculty at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon Georgia, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and other state public defender trainings across the nation. She also holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University.
- Rikers Island inmate to finally be sentenced after spending nearly 7 years in jail
- The Bronx Defenders receives Community Organization Award from Brooklyn Law School
- Karen Smolar taught at the July session of the NDCC’s Trial Practice Institute
- New York Times: Video of Police Encounter May Play Lead Role in Lawsuit