Lisa F. Grumet

Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families
Impact Center for Public Interest Law
Visiting Professor of Law

Phone: 212.431.2171


Lisa F. Grumet directs the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. She teaches Legal Practice, Family Law, and Children and Family Law in New York. She also provides clinical supervision for the Abbey Institute’s Marriage License Project, through which students have successfully represented more than 40 clients who were wrongfully denied marriage licenses. In addition, she works with students on independent research, writing, and advocacy projects relating to children and family law. This work has included partnering with the Children’s Law Center for a symposium, journal, and draft legislation relating to the problem of “broken adoptions,” and partnering with the Children’s Defense Fund-NY for a program on Family, Gender, and Juvenile Justice. She has also served as Title IX Coordinator for NYLS (2016-17), and Associate Director of the Impact Center for Public Interest Law. NYLS students selected her for the 2017 Public Interest Coalition award, and the 2017 Honorary Order of the Barristers Award (from the NYLS Moot Court Association).

Before coming to NYLS in August 2013, she worked at the New York City Law Department as Chief of Policy and Planning for the Family Court Division at a time of significant juvenile justice reform in New York City. She previously served as a Senior Counsel for the Legal Counsel and General Litigation Divisions at the Law Department and at the 2010 Charter Revision Commission. She worked with New York City officials on a range of education policy issues, including compliance with federal civil rights laws, and Mayoral control of schools. She also served as lead trial-level counsel in the separation of church and state cases Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education and Skoros v. City of New York. She has taught as a lecturer-in-law and adjunct professor at Columbia and Fordham Law Schools. She was a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and while in law school worked for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. B.A. Amherst College 1992, J.D. Yale Law School 1995.


Promoting Justice from the Inside: The Counseling Role of Local Government and School District Attorneys, IMPACT (2016)

Civil Rights Laws in New York: Strength in a Time of Change, CityLand (2017)

Faculty editor, Beyond Permanency One Year Later: Looking Back, Looking Forward (2016), jointly produced by the Abbey Institute and The Children’s Law Center

Letter to the editor, New York Times, January 2, 2017, Civil Rights Under Donald Trump