Cristen Swannick is a Law Clerk at Slater Slater Schulman and a zealous advocate for her clients. Committed to empowering individuals of trauma, Cristen regularly represents survivors of child sexual abuse involved in the ongoing Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy litigation.
Cristen’s primary objective in every case is to establish a comfortable and trusting environment. The majority of Cristen’s clients are disclosing unspeakable accounts of physical, emotional, and/or sexual trauma for the first time, sometimes after decades of suffering. Understanding the importance of creating a secure setting to encourage supportive and open communication, Cristen approaches every case with genuine empathy and a fierce determination to seek justice for those who have been harmed.
In addition to representing survivors of sexual abuse, Cristen has experience representing clients in legal matters pertaining to automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, homeowners insurance, and immigration. In 2015, Cristen served as a student attorney for Court Appointed Special Advocates (“CASA”), wherein she represented the best interest of children in cases involving child abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. Additionally, she worked as a student attorney in an Immigration Clinic where she represented asylum seekers and those seeking legal status based upon criminal cases.
Outside the firm, Cristen serves as an active volunteer at local animal shelters and assists in finding foster or forever homes for animals in need. She is currently in the process of working with the volunteer non-profit organization Labs4Rescue to offer assistance with the transportation of animals to their new homes.
Cristen graduated with her B.A. in Secondary Education from St. Joseph’s University prior to receiving her J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island. She proudly joined the team at Slater Slater Schulman in June 2020 and is currently pending admission to the New York State Bar.