Lisa F. Grumet
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families
Lisa F. Grumet teaches Legal Practice, Family Law, and Children and Family Law in New York and directs the Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families of the Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law. 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 on a symposium, journal, and draft legislation related to the problem of “broken adoptions” and partnering with the Children’s Defense Fund–New York for a program on Family, Gender, and Juvenile Justice. She served as New York Law School’s Title IX Coordinator (2016–17) and is Associate Director of the Wilf Impact Center for Public Interest Law. Students selected her for the 2017 Public Interest Coalition Award and the 2017 Honorary Order of the Barristers Award from the Moot Court Association.
Before joining NYLS in August 2013, Professor Grumet worked at the New York City Law Department as Chief of Policy and Planning for the Family Court Division during a time of significant juvenile justice reform in New York City. She previously served as a Senior Counsel in the Law Department’s Legal Counsel and General Litigation Divisions 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.