Our Organization

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PRI Director advocating for parental rights at United Nations Conference

The Parenting Rights Institute (PRI) was founded in 2010 as an advocacy group for moms, dads and families victimized by abusive divorce and family courts across the country. An office was opened in New York with a Court Program to assist poorly represented or self represented parties. It featured a seminar lecture and five part reading program with court forms and transcripts to educate parents and prevent serious financial and personal harm. Its updated version is available at http://www.parentingrightsinstitute.com or by ordering it from our office at (315) 380-3420.

The work of the Institute expanded in the years since. A planning session was conducted at the Plaza Hotel at Central Park in Manhattan attended by lawyers, former judges and parental advocates. In 2011 we conducted a Parental Rights Convention at a hotel conference room attended by activists from different parts of the country. Five time Super Bowl winner Tim McKyer was a featured speaker. In April, 2012 we sponsored a lobby initiative in Congress. Two months later, a rally was held at the federal appeals court at Foley Square in Manhattan to support the parental rights case, Parent v New York, argued by Dr. Leon Koziol. Litigation was pursued for shared parenting laws and court reform.

In 2013, Dr. Koziol was among those selected to give testimony on behalf of the Parenting Rights Institute before the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption at Pace University. That testimony can be found on Leon’s personal website at http://www.leonkoziol.com and it was cited by a lawyer committee in Albany to suppress and censor his reform efforts. Corruption exposed at the Moreland hearings included Leon’s pedophile custody judge, Bryan Hedges, removed from his case for “political espionage” and from the bench one year later for admitting to sexual misconduct upon the judge’s handicapped, five year old niece. He also exposed fictitious college degrees used by his replacement Judge Daniel King to impose draconian support and custody orders in retaliation.

In 2014, Dr. Koziol participated in a video documentary produced by Dr. Joseph Sorge of Divorce Corp focused on child support abuses, judicial corruption and marginalization of parents for profit. These abuses have remained without real accountability and causing taxpayers mounting expenses for their criminal and family court systems. Another censorship process was commenced by a lawyer ethics committee against Leon citing the video as its source. That process was vigorously challenged on First Amendment grounds but it prevented him from making a formal presentation at the Divorce Corp Family Law Reform Conference in Washington D.C.

In 2015, Leon defied the suppression process and exposed a nationwide epidemic regarding Title IV-D funding to state family courts. He submitted reports to the Justice Department, Attorney, Prosecutor Preet Bharara and a Congressional Oversight Committee. He addressed national media at the funeral of Walter Scott (shot dead in the back by a South Carolina traffic cop while fleeing unarmed from a child support warrant). He was invited by Dr. Eric Braverman in Manhattan to monitor his corrupted custody proceedings after spending $5 million in lawyer fees only to lose contact with his young children. A promotional initiative with high profile agents was conducted in Nashville.

In 2016, Dr. Koziol was successful in removing a gag order upon his website. He filed an extraordinary mandamus action in New York Supreme Court which led to termination of the order and disqualification of the family judge who issued it. We have achieved a record for holding lawyers, judges and family court predators accountable where our political ethics commissions are failing us. We have traveled as far away as Hawaii, California, Canada and Paris seeking justice. Children continue to be abused, needlessly alienated and exploited for profit in a manner never seen before in human history. The media is ignoring this growing epidemic at the root of our societal problems, moral decay and worker productivity. Bar associations and special interests anxious to preserve a trillion dollar gold mine are suppressing accountability and parent advocacy groups such as the PRI.

A documentary was published in October, 2016 by Dr. Koziol and PRI. Entitled “Family Court Epidemic in Rural America,” it exposed shocking aspects of corruption in divorce and family courts which is escalating all over the country. These are plain talk presentations publicized through You-Tube and viral sites everywhere that eventually work their way to the top of Google searches regarding the lawyers, judges and entities we are investigating and exposing. In this way the Parenting Rights Institute has become a citizen’s commission for judicial accountability. We are doing the vital work of those who are neglecting their paid public duties. In short we have become the Judicial Watch for abused families.

However, we cannot effectively advocate without resources. Currently we refer legal representation to trusted outside attorneys. We would like to hire in-house counsel and investigatory staff to properly assist victims in their individual cases. A professional video crew could bolster publishing efforts while employed to support formal complaints to government agencies. Our goal is to monitor court proceedings, publish books and documentaries and lobby Congress and our courts for reform and proper accountability. We have pursued writs before the United States Supreme Court and are prepared to file more with co-petitioning victims (joiners) from around the country. Indeed we have done remarkable things with a fledgling volunteer staff and nominal donations which cannot keep up with expenses.

These are only some of the strategies underway and detailed in a business plan which is available to potential donors and investors. Accordingly we are appealing publicly to you for help. You may be in a position to join our efforts or invest personally. You may also know of a business, estate or philanthropist who can provide the needed financial support. Our potential cannot be denied. The proof is found throughout our website pages at Leon Koziol.com or the Institute.  As the thirty second television clip here shows, our PRI Director Leon Koziol has won numerous high profile cases, but this “War on Parents” is clearly his greatest challenge. Help us help you. Invest in our Institute. Download, share and e-mail this message. You can also chat directly with Leon at (315) 796-4000.

About Our Director, Dr. Leon Koziol

Leon R. Koziol, J.D. is a lawyer placement consultant for intellectual property firms. He has established IP Confidential, an entity limited to addressing the highly sensitive employment interests of diverse professionals with a focus on patents. He is also a civil rights advocate who practiced law in federal and state courts until 2010 after more than 23 unblemished years. Self-trained, he generated a perfect record of acquittals in politically motivated criminal cases.

Dr. Koziol appeared on the CBS program 60 Minutes, front page of the New York Times and other major media. His candidacy for Congress was a headline story in 2006. After years of complex litigation against high profile firms, he secured judgment in New York Supreme Court invalidating a billion dollar casino compact.  In 2012, he founded the Parenting Rights Institute, a nationwide judicial watchdog group. He has traveled to Paris and across the country advocating for human rights while submitting reports to oversight committees and the Justice Department.

In education, a Juris Doctor degree was conferred by Northern Illinois University, College of Law with an award from the American Bar Association in State and Local Government. Leon received a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree from the State University of New York, College of Technology. He then joined the management team of a Fortune 500 manufacturer, later serving as a corporation counsel, school attorney and city councilman with a focus on risk management.  His 2014 book, Voyage to Armageddon, focuses on domestic nuclear terrorism.

Precedent cases include Patterson v City of Utica, 370 F.3d 322 (2nd Cir. 2004)($333,820.32 civil rights verdict argued before Justice Sonia Sotomayor); Oneida Nation v Oneida County, 132 F. Supp. 2d 71 (NDNY 2000)(successful casino challenge for citizen group) Koziol v Hanna, 107 F. Supp. 2d 170 (NDNY 2000)(free speech challenge invalidating city gag order); Currie v Kowalewski, 842 F. Supp. 57 (NDNY 1994)(successful sexual harassment case), Palaimo v Lutz, 837 F. Supp. 55 (NDNY 1993)(brutality and confinement claims for 72 year old woman).

Dr. Koziol exposed misconduct at all levels of government, making him a predictable target of retribution. His ordeal reads like a John Grisham story. Invited to testify before a “dream team” of experts at the Moreland Commission on Public Corruption, he recommended dissolution of the state’s Judicial Conduct Commission due to a public perception of accountability but a record of neglecting misconduct of higher judges convicted by federal authorities. Instead the Corruption Commission was prematurely dissolved when evidence began implicating top state leaders.

Undaunted, another speaker, federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, secured Commission files resulting in the convictions of legislative leaders on bribery charges. Those convictions have implicated law firms, judges and millions of dollars in misappropriated public money. Similarly undaunted, Dr. Koziol pressed on with court reform despite a witch hunt carried out by ethics lawyers to suppress and discredit his reports. They were later allowed to resign from their court appointed positions for falsifying time sheets. No public charges, ethical or criminal, were ever brought against them.

2008 Television Clip depicting Dr. Koziol’s achievements as a trial attorney prior to founding the Parenting Rights Institute.