About Us

Welcome to JustFamilies.org, a student blog created by New York Law School’s Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families as a resource for students, practitioners, scholars, and other community members.  This blog features children’s and family law news items and commentary, with a focus on New York.  It also includes information about Impact Center for Public Interest Law and Abbey Institute events. Coming soon: profiles of individual practitioners and organizations.

We hope you find JustFamilies.org  informational and invite you to join our team by posting!

Diane Abbey
Founder, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families

Carlin Meyer
Professor of Law
Founding Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families

Lisa F. Grumet
Director, Diane Abbey Law Institute for Children and Families
Associate Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law
Adjunct Professor of Law
Advisor, JustFamilies.org


Current Editors


Mallory McGee

Mallory McGee

Class of 2016

Mallory is a 4L evening division student. She graduated from Pace University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Mallory works full time as a paralegal in the financial crimes division for JPMorgan Chase Bank. She is currently interning at the NYC Department of Investigation. Mallory previously interned at the Queens District Attorney’s office in the intake bureau. At New York Law School, she is also the Co-Vice President for the Sports Law Society.

Contact: mallory.mcgee@law.nyls.edu



Allyson Guidera

Class of 2017

Allyson is a second-year day student. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from Binghamton University with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with a focus in Human Development. Allyson also worked as a Medicaid Service Coordinator for individuals with developmental disabilities. At New York Law School, Allyson is a member of the Dean’s Leadership Counsel, a Diane Abbey Institute Research Fellow, and a Student Ambassador. Allyson has interned with the Children’s Law Center and is interested in family law and juvenile justice.




IMG_0630Lori Anne Vergara

Class of 2015
Abbey Law Institute Associate


Lori graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. In English and Spanish Studies. Her areas of interest include immigration, child welfare, juvenile justice, domestic violence, adoption, and matrimonial law.  Lori interned at the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day Program with the New York State Courts Access to Justice Program and the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she handled consumer debt and uncontested divorce matters in Bronx County Civil Court.  Lori also interned at New York County Family Court.  Additionally, she is an associate of the Immigration Law Clinic and The Marriage License Project.