Lori V. Battistoni became Executive Director of the Court-Appointed Special Advocates, Children’s Intervention Services (CASA CIS) organization in March of 2021. As Executive Director, she draws upon a lifetime of experience in advocating for the needs of children who are involved in the legal system.
As an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo and later as a law student, Lori researched concerns with child victims as witnesses in court proceedings. Her research closely examined the effects of the legal process on victims of child sexual abuse. During her first two years of law school, she worked on a national research project directed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, titled “The Child Victim as Witness.”
Upon graduating law school, Lori began her legal career at Crowell & Moring in D.C., where she practiced health care law. She continued to focus on the welfare of vulnerable children by providing Guardian ad Litem services pro bono.
As her own children became young adults, Lori recommitted to her long-time passion, child advocacy. From 2009 until 2021, she devoted her legal practice to advocating for children in abuse, custody, adoption, and guardianship cases as their Guardian ad Litem. In 2010, the Prince William County Bar Association recognized Battistoni as Guardian ad Litem of the Year.
Working with vulnerable children in her community during the past 12 years, Lori witnessed the tremendous difference a strong, devoted advocate can make in the life of a child. As Executive Director of CASA CIS, she is able to amplify her passion and experience to lift the voices of more children within legal system.
Lori is licensed to practice law in New York, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Highly regarded within the court system and the broader community, Lori relies on her vast network of positive working relationships to strengthen and grow the CASA CIS organization. She has served as President of the Prince William County Bar Foundation, Co-Chair of the Beat the Odds Committee. Currently, Co-Chair of the Guardian ad litem Committee and as a member of the Judicial Screening Committee for the Prince William County Bar Association.
When she is not advocating for children, Lori enjoys yoga, running, swimming, and taking her new puppy for long walks at the Manassas Battlefields.